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It’s the start of the new year, and it’s a great time to evaluate your smile. Is it as straight and as healthy as it could be? If not, it may be time to consider orthodontic treatment. There are many options available to do so. But what are the benefits of a straighter smile? Is it just to look better?

The benefits of a straight smile go far beyond aesthetics. Straight teeth contribute to many positive aspects of oral health! A straight smile helps you eat and speak better. Straight teeth also contribute to excellent oral hygiene, as they are easier to clean. This helps prevent enamel erosion that cause cavities, as well as helps ward off gum disease. Gum disease is particularly dangerous, as its advanced stages can cause severe damage to the bones and tissues that hold your teeth in place.

Proper alignment can also help issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. Unnecessary clenching and grinding can severely damage teeth, and can even cause chronic headaches, back pain, or neck pain.

It is important to note that your smile is as unique as you are. So if your smile isn’t as straight as it could be, consult with your orthodontist for a personalized treatment plan.

To schedule an appointment in St. Louis, Missouri, call Orthocare Systems Orthodontics at 314-739-8888. Dr. E. Glenn Glassman and our team look forward to seeing you!