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Do Straight Teeth Matter?

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The short answer is:  YES!

Straight teeth do matter — for many reasons. 

You may already be thinking that straight teeth are important for your appearance.  And you’re right.  How you feel about yourself affects your self-esteem.  When you feel attractive, professional, or polished, you have more confidence, and that comes across in job interviews, social events, and your daily activities.

But straighter teeth matter for more than just appearance

Straight teeth are also crucial for your health.  When your teeth are straight, it means that your teeth, gums, and jaw work in harmony.  When healthy teeth are aligned with their opposing partner teeth, the teeth and bite function properly, and your mouth will be free from jaw dysfunction and pain.

When teeth aren’t straight 

The oral chewing system is complex, and when one part doesn’t function properly, it can disrupt the system.  Crooked or crowded (malocclusions) teeth or jaws that don’t close properly can disturb the chewing system.    An uneven bite can damage teeth surfaces and cause cracked teeth while crowded teeth, overbites or underbites can lead to jaw problems.  Failure to correct these can result in oral health problems such as excessive tooth enamel and tooth loss, gum disease, tooth and gum pain, jaw problems, difficulty chewing, and speech impediments.  Moreover, gum disease or gingivitis can lead to the more serious periodontitis, which has been linked to diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.

The bottom line is that when your teeth line up properly and you can bite down easily, you will have better oral health which directly affects your overall health.

Only a portion of the population is born with straight teeth.  Most individuals can obtain straighter teeth with the help of the newest technology and personalized orthodontic care.  While treatment is based on individual needs, dental braces may be a good option to gently and comfortably correct the alignment of your teeth over time.  

Making the First Appointment

If you think you can benefit from straighter teeth, the first step is to obtain a thorough evaluation by a qualified dental health professional such as Dr. Yang at SmilingYangs Orthodontics.  A comprehensive evaluation will allow Dr. Yang to uncover dental issues linked to an abnormal bite.  He will explain the diagnosis and work with you to determine the optimal treatment options for you.

If you or a family member have questions about oral health, please contact a qualified dental health professional such as SmilingYangs Orthodontics.

Smiling Yangs Orthodontics

Since 1998, USC and Harvard – trained Dentist and Orthodontist James T. Yang, B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.Sc., has provided state-of-the-art orthodontic care and service to the South Florida community.  SmilingYangs Orthodontics, opened in 1998, is dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care, treating each patient with respect and professionalism.  Dr. Yang and his talented team at SmilingYangs Orthodontics take pride in their office atmosphere:  a friendly, comfortable environment with courteous, attentive, and punctual staff members.  Learn more about SmilingYangs Orthodontics and their excellent patient reviews at www.smilingyangs.com or call (954) 623-8446 to schedule an appointment today.


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