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It’s the season for being grateful. In a year that’s been full of fear and doubt, it’s refreshing to take some time this month to reflect on what’s important – life, health, family, and friends. But there may be another thing to be grateful for – your teeth. Today on the blog, find out five reasons to be thankful for straight teeth. And if you’re struggling to feel grateful for this one thing, find out how our cosmetic dentists in the Bay Area can have you feeling confident in no time.
Straight teeth give you more confidence
It’s no secret that having perfectly straight teeth boosts self-confidence. You’re more likely to smile and smile more often when your teeth are in proper alignment. Straight teeth look nicer and could affect your well-being, how you perform at work, and how you interact with your friends and loved ones. Having straight teeth could make you feel as confident as driving your dream car.
Straight teeth are at a lower risk of being injured in accidents
If you’re athletic, you should wear a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth from impact. Having straight teeth is much easier to have a well-fitted mouthguard, hence protecting your mouth against injuries or accidents. You’re also more likely to want to protect your teeth to begin with by wearing a mouthguard that protects against knocking one of your pearly whites out of alignment or, worse, completely out of the socket.
Fewer oral issues occur in patients with straight teeth
Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, which leads to fewer dental health issues later on. People with crooked teeth are more likely to suffer from gum disease and cavities because the irregular spaces between their teeth are difficult to clean. With straight teeth, you’re also more likely to want to care for your teeth and gums, hence why you’re more likely to experience fewer oral issues.
It’s easier to speak clearly when your teeth are straight
You’re more likely to struggle with speech or a speech impediment if you have crooked teeth. Misaligned teeth could cause a lisp that likely starts when permanent teeth erupt, around school age. This could lead to lower school performance, impact the quality of one’s social life, and the ability to succeed in their career due to a lack of confidence when speaking. Children may be teased for being unable to speak clearly due to their crooked teeth, and adults may struggle to excel in life from feeling embarrassed about how they talk. Straight teeth can help you avoid these issues, giving you confidence when speaking.
Your overall health is better when you have straight teeth
Everything that goes on in your mouth affects your entire body. Having straight teeth isn’t just important for your oral health, but your overall health as well. Being able to maintain your oral health better means a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cognitive decline, since these diseases are related to poor oral health, according to an article published by Harvard Health.
What to do if you want straight teeth
Not everyone has straight teeth naturally. In fact, most perfectly aligned smiles don’t happen by chance. They were created by expert dentists. If your teeth are crooked, gapped, or misaligned, find out how orthodontics in the Bay Area could make the difference in your smile. To learn more or find out if you’re a candidate for orthodontics, contact Glen Park Dental by calling (415) 585-1500.