5 surprising health benefits of straight teeth 

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Having straight versus crooked teeth: It’s not only a big boost for your mojo—it’s also a smart investment in your long-term health.

 

E
veryone agrees—having straight teeth does wonders for your confidence. But not everyone knows that a more beautiful smile can also mean big benefits for your overall well-being. Like gears on a wheel, teeth are made to fit together just right. If your teeth and bite aren’t aligned, they can’t do their job, which can cause a variety of health issues. 

Here are five perks to perfecting your pearly whites that go way beyond aesthetics.  



Healthier gums 

When your teeth are crooked or crowded, food and bacteria have more places to hide. As a result, plaque can build up and lead to gum inflammation and disease. If left untreated, gum disease can eventually cause your gums to recede. This can lead to bone loss and even tooth loss.  

Better hygiene 

Plaque buildup also releases acid, creating a perfect breeding ground for cavities (not to mention costly dental visits). So another health benefit of straight teeth? They’re much easier to brush, floss and clean.  

Healthier body 

Problems that start in your mouth can spread to the rest of your body. When bacteria get trapped in your gum pockets, it can trigger inflammation and enter your blood stream, contributing to many chronic diseases—including heart disease, diabetes, dementia and even some cancers.  

Less wear and tear 

When your bite is off, chewing can cause excessive stress on areas that are not designed to cope with that pressure—leading to premature wear and tear. Over time, teeth can flatten, chip and fracture. Having straight teeth can balance bite forces, protect your teeth and minimize costly dental work.  

Less pain 

Speaking of bite forces, a bad bite can stress your temporomandibular joints (better known as TMJ) and chewing muscles, which can cause joint pain, head and neck aches and even earaches.  

So if you’ve been thinking, “How would I look with straight teeth?”, the answer is: a lot healthier. Motto clear aligners can help you get the smile you deserve in less than 6 months for a fraction of the price of other in-office aligners. Win-win.

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