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Straight teeth can help you gain confidence in your smile. This is likely why most of the millions of Americans who wear braces subject themselves to months of treatment. But straight teeth have benefits beyond purely cosmetic changes. 

Here are the six main health benefits of straight teeth! We want to help those who are on the fence about starting their treatment to take the plunge and do what’s best for their oral health by getting braces.

Want to find out if you or your child needs braces? Visit Reese Orthodontics in Charleston, SC for leading orthodontic care.

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Easier, Healthier Cleaning

Any orthodontist or dentist will tell you how important it is to keep your teeth clean. However, brushing and flossing every day may not be enough when your teeth are unevenly spaced or crooked.

Misaligned teeth can trap food and contribute to plaque buildup more than straight teeth. They are more difficult to clean as a result. Maintaining proper brushing and flossing habits, especially for children, can become an uphill battle against the crevices of their teeth.

Straight teeth are far easier to clean completely, preventing your gums from becoming inflamed and your plaque from building up and contributing to tooth decay.

Improved Digestion

It may not seem clear at first how crooked teeth can contribute to poor digestion. However, consider that chewing is the first step in your whole digestive process. If something is wrong in step one, the rest of the process can suffer.

Thoroughly chewing your food helps your stomach digest and absorb your meal. By contrast, chunky, poorly chewed food makes our whole digestive process do more work. The result is potential stomach upset, less nutritional absorption, and unhappy intestines.

Speech Improvements

Many people with speech impediments may not realize that their crooked teeth are the root cause. Protruding, misaligned, unevenly spaced teeth can negatively impact speech habits, especially in children.

Stronger Teeth

The longer that crooked teeth stay crooked, the more wear and tear they place on each other. The pressure of chewing and biting is natural on straight teeth. However, on misaligned teeth, the pressure is uneven and can stress certain teeth, causing pain, sores, or even breakage.

Chipped, cracked teeth are too often the result of teeth that have been crooked for far too long. 

Decreased Pain

Many people experience oral pain resulting from strain on their teeth and gums. This could result in sores or even cracked teeth, as stated above. However, this isn’t the only kind of pain that braces can fix.

Your lower neck, jaw, and even head can be in pain due to a jaw misalignment that can be fixed with braces. Chronic pain, sometimes even a chronic headache, is a result of your oral structures compensating for teeth that are not aligned properly. The uneven pressure can result in jaw and head pain.

Disease Prevention

We have already mentioned that straight teeth reduce your risk for periodontal diseases, or gum diseases, as well as tooth decay. However, other diseases can be prevented with straight teeth.

The debris that gets trapped in crooked teeth can breed bacteria, which can infect your gum tissue and eventually travel into your body. When these bacteria reach your bloodstream, they can cause heart issues and other serious issues such as strokes. Braces can help you prevent diseases in your body before they have a chance to begin in your mouth.

How to Straighten Your Teeth

Knowing these six primary benefits of straighter teeth, you may be wondering about your treatment options. Orthodontists can offer multiple treatment plans to address your unique issues.

These include retainers, which are molded clear plastic trays that can correct minor alignment issues, as well as different types of braces.

Conventional metal braces use an archwire to exert constant pressure on a row of teeth. Ceramic braces do the same thing but are more discreet. Invisalign treatment uses a series of changing clear plastic retainers to correct crooked teeth.

Choose Reese Orthodontics

If you’re an adult who is considering braces, you need professional advice on your treatment and payment options. For orthodontic treatments in Charleston, SC, Reese Orthodontics offers the latest technology and treatment plans. Our advanced and comfortable orthodontic treatments can be customized to suit your needs. A consultation with Reese Orthodontics includes scans, a comprehensive exam, and a conversation with the orthodontist to discover which treatment options are right for you. 

Schedule an appointment with us today to stay ahead of your oral health and receive the best possible treatment in your area.

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Easy Ways To Get Started

If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).