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Importance of Straight Teeth

Importance of Straight TeethStraight teeth are often more desirable from an aesthetic viewpoint, but many people are unaware that they are also healthier. In fact, correcting a misaligned smile or imbalanced bite can improve your overall dental health. If you have misaligned teeth, our Northridge cosmetic dentist can help you explore your orthodontic options.

When your bite is maloccluded, the joints and muscles of the jaw tend to be tight, which can lead to shoulder and neck pain or headaches. The excess tension in the mouth can even lead to premature aging, and wrinkling around the mouth and cheeks may occur. Teeth can become overly worn, and in some instances, may be cracked or broken.

If your teeth are misaligned, crowded or overly spaced, they can be difficult to keep clean. Brushing and flossing regularly is essential for everyone, but those with misaligned teeth must take great care to clean between their teeth in order to remove all plaque and food particles. If their teeth are crowded, they may have difficulty getting the floss between their teeth while teeth that have excessive space between them may be more prone to plaque and tartar buildup.

Orthodontic treatment can provide you with a more attractive smile and a healthier smile that is easier to keep clean, more comfortable and more likely to age attractively. You may be able to choose between traditional metal braces and clear plastic Invisalign aligners. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our Northridge Invisalign provider to learn more.

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