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Though looks may be a driving factor in choosing orthodontics treatment, a properly aligned smile assists with far more than aesthetics. In fact, straight teeth contribute to a host of aspects to oral health!

One of the ways a straight smile benefits you daily is that it contributes to positive oral hygiene habits. Straight teeth are easier to clean! Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily can be much more effective for a straight smile, as there are fewer nooks and crannies for bacteria to hide.

More effective cleaning helps prevent enamel erosion that causes cavities. It also helps prevent gum disease. Gum disease is particularly dangerous, as advanced stages of gum disease can cause severe damage to tissues and bones that hold your teeth in place.

Proper smile alignment can also help existing issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. Clenching and grinding teeth, such as that which occurs during bruxism disorder, can severely damage teeth. It can even cause chronic headaches, back pain, or neck pain. Properly aligned teeth and jaw bones can help reduce symptoms of TMJ or bruxism.

It is important to note that an orthodontic care plan is completely tailored to you. 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 San Jose, California, call Phan Orthodontics at 408.251.7901. Dr. Derick Phan and our team look forward to seeing you, and helping you achieve the smile you desire!