At Dr. Lili & Associates, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to have straight teeth. Not only do they look amazing, but they also offer plenty of benefits for your general health, such as improved quality of sleep, smooth digestion, and improved confidence! Whether you are curious about getting braces or similar treatment to improve your teeth alignment, Dr. Lili and Dr. Wu can guarantee the results of your oral health goals! Our team is here to share with you five benefits of straight teeth.
1) Upgrade Your Sleeping Experience
If you have misaligned teeth, you may have noticed you have trouble completely closing your mouth when you lay down to sleep. This forces your body to breathe through your mouth all night instead of the healthier option, through your nose. Constant airflow through your mouth dries it out, creating an ideal environment for bacteria growth and making your breath smell bad.
Straightened teeth can help you breathe through your nose instead while you sleep. The tiny hairs inside can purify the air by filtering out dust and allergens, preventing sore or strep throat infections. You can sleep soundly and wake up ready for the day!
2) Easier to Maintain Your Oral Hygiene
Being able to brush and floss your teeth properly every day provides protection from bacteria growth, cavities developing, and a buildup of plaque. When your teeth are straightened out, Dr. Lili and Dr. Wu are able to eliminate hard-to-reach areas with your toothbrush and help you decrease your chances of food getting stuck. If you have any questions about best-practice brushing techniques, please ask our team; we will be happy to help you!
Daily Wear and Tear
Especially in the case of bite issues, you may be putting unnecessary pressure on your teeth with everyday actions such as chewing. A straight smile allows for greater protection against chips and cracks as it can withstand much more wear and tear due to pressure being evenly placed throughout the mouth. Your teeth will become more resilient and less susceptible to damage.
3) Improve Natural Digestion
Try New Foods!
Chewing may be an uncomfortable action when teeth are misaligned. Biting something too harsh at the wrong angle may result in pain after eating. Because chewing becomes a more effortless experience, straighter teeth encourage you to try all kinds of new foods you may have previously avoided. You may even find a new favorite food when branching out!
Chew Your Food With Comfort
When your teeth cannot properly and efficiently chew food into bite-size pieces, it may be a sign you have improperly aligned teeth. Food swallowed in large pieces forces your digestive system and intestine to work twice as hard to break it down. This can result in uncomfortable side effects such as heartburn, stomach aches, and lower nutritional intake.
When your food is most efficiently digested, your body can absorb more nourishment and energize you throughout the day!
4) Reduce Your Risk of TMJ/TMD Complications
Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, connects your jaw and skull. Unnecessary pressure on this jaw joint caused by crooked teeth can result in teeth grinding, jaw pain, and dislocation. Fortunately, temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a treatable disorder and can be aided through treatment, one of which is braces.
Straight teeth ensure your teeth and jaw are properly aligned, helping avoid these uncomfortable side effects. Investing in orthodontic treatment can prolong the longevity of your permanent teeth and save money from more potentially complicated dental procedures down the road.
5) Become a More Confident Person
Often associated with a straight smile is a confident individual! Affecting every aspect of your life, feeling assured in your smile can drastically improve your well-being and desire to put yourself out there. Our team is able to see a confidence boost in our patients after treatment finishes, and it makes our jobs the best in the world. Your grin is one of your greatest assets, and using it to become a happier person is worth the effort and investment into orthodontic treatment.
Treatment Options To Improve Alignment
At Dr. Lili & Associates, we are proud to offer our patients options when beginning your smile journey! Our team strives to find a treatment solution that best fits your goals and desired look during treatment.
A great aesthetic choice, clear aligners allow you to straighten your smile without anyone noticing! Our office uses both Invisalign and our in-office brand, Clear Choice. They give you stunning results and are a removable appliance, meaning you can continue to eat as usual without restrictions.
Metal Self-Ligating Braces
A tried-and-true traditional option, metal braces are more advanced than ever and provide excellent results for even the most complex cases. It is a self-ligating bracket system, meaning they don’t have to be tightened by hand and don’t require you to be in the treatment chair for as many appointments.
Made of ceramic, clear braces are a hybrid option between metal braces and clear aligners, providing the results of the former and the subtle appearance of the latter. This tooth-colored appliance uses elastics and an archwire to guide your teeth in the right direction.
A Straight Smile Awaits You!
It is always possible to start your journey towards straight teeth, and Dr. Lili & Associates will be by your side the entire journey. We are proud to serve patients at our Anaheim, El Monte, Huntington Park, Lawndale, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Whittier practice locations. You can reach any of our seven offices at 866-845-8552 and schedule a free consultation today to see what Dr. Lili and Dr. Wu can do for you!