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Make This the Year You Straighten Those Crooked Teeth

Despite well-intentioned commitments to change, experts report that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February of the year they’re made. Experts report that succeeding in true change requires making a resolution in which you’re emotionally invested. 

If you’re looking for a resolution you can really get behind, look no further than straightening your teeth. Correcting a crooked or crowded smile can improve your oral health, boost your overall health, and increase your confidence. And, with innovative dental technology, such as the Invisalign® system, straightening your teeth is now more convenient than ever.

In this blog, Trent W. Smallwood, DDS, of the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts in Tempe, Arizona, explains the advantages of having straight teeth and how you can do so with ease this year. 

Better oral health

The foundation of good oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). This includes cleaning all chewing surfaces to prevent the formation of dental plaque, a clear sticky film that contains food debris, bacteria, and acids. 

When left on your teeth, plaque can contribute to tooth decay, cavities, and potential tooth loss. When plaque hardens, it turns into tartar, which can accelerate damage and discoloration. And, if plaque remains on your gumline, it can lead to gum disease, the most common reason that adults lose their teeth.

What does all this have to do with straight teeth? Simply this: Having uneven or crooked teeth can make it difficult to properly brush your teeth and floss. Having straight teeth will allow you to get the best results from brushing, flossing, and all types of dental treatment.

Improved tooth function

If you have teeth that overlap or are crowded, or if you have an underbite, overbite, or crossbite, these conditions can make it more difficult to speak and chew normally. Having teeth that are out of alignment may also limit your food choices and affect your ability to consume a healthy diet.

Furthermore, crooked teeth can impact how your jaws come together, which can result in problems, such as temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joints are located on both sides of your face in front of your ears, and they attach your bottom jaw to your skull. A temporomandibular joint disorder can result in clicking jaws, facial pain, headaches, and ringing in the ears.

Innovative treatment

Orthodontic treatments, which use gradual pressure to straighten teeth, used to be limited to metal wires and brackets. However, modern dental technology has made straightening teeth more convenient and less noticeable.

For example, the Invisalign system straightens teeth with clear, removable aligners. With Invisalign, you switch out one pair of aligners with a slightly adjusted pair every two weeks or so. And when you take out your last pair, you have the smile of your dreams. And as you're undergoing treatment, you can take out your aligners for eating, cleaning your teeth, and for special occasions.

Invisalign removes the obstacles many teens and adults have to straightening their teeth. Furthermore, with Invisalign, the office visits are shorter and there are fewer of them compared with treatment with traditional braces.

Don’t let another year pass with crooked teeth. Resolve to prioritize your well-being and straighten your teeth this year. To find out more, schedule a consultation online or over the phone with the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts today.

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