Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

You may think wanting a straighter smile is a cosmetic concern more than an oral health issue. But your misaligned teeth may make you more vulnerable to tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.

At A Beautiful Smile Dentistry in Fort Lee, New Jersey, our cosmetic dental specialist, David Jin, DDS, not only wants you to have a more perfect smile because of how good it makes you feel, but also because of how healthy it is for your teeth. 

Better oral hygiene

It’s estimated that 92% of adults in the United States have cavities in their permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Though common, cavities mean you have permanent damage to your teeth; without proper care, they can lead to pain, infection, or tooth loss. 

Good oral hygiene is one of the best things you can do to prevent the development of cavities, and that means regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. 

Teeth that are misaligned, are overcrowded, or overlap are harder to clean. If you can’t remove all the food particles and bacteria with regular brushing and flossing because of your alignment issues, then you may be at greater risk of developing cavities and the oral health issues that follow. 

Not being able to properly clean your teeth due to your misalignment may also increase your risk of gum disease. Gum disease is a serious oral infection that may cause your gums to bleed and recede. And without proper gum support, you risk tooth loss.

Less wear-and-tear

Straight teeth aren’t just an aesthetic concern. How your teeth align in your mouth affects your bite and chewing. If your teeth don’t meet up like they should when you’re chewing through a steak, then certain teeth may endure more stress than others. The imbalance in the stress on your teeth may cause certain teeth to wear down faster than others, which may make them more vulnerable to cracks and chips. 

Improving the alignment of your teeth improves your bite and more evenly distributes the stress on your teeth to reduce excessive wear-and-tear. 

Reduced risk of gum or jaw injury

Less-than-perfect teeth may also make you more vulnerable to unexpected injuries. Your crooked and misaligned teeth may not allow your gums to line up properly. If you bite down too hard, it’s possible that a tooth may scrape or injure your gums.

In addition to stressing your teeth and injuring your gums, your misaligned teeth may also strain your jaw and lead to jaw pain or headaches. 

Straighter teeth are healthy teeth

Wanting a more perfect smile is more than a cosmetic concern. Improving the alignment and placement of your teeth offers many benefits to your oral health, from fewer cavities to reduced risk of tooth loss. Having healthier teeth also benefits your overall health and may reduce your risk of heart disease and respiratory conditions such as pneumonia. 

At A Beautiful Smile Dentistry, we can help you get a straighter smile with Invisalign®. These clear, comfortable aligners gently move your teeth into a more desired position without anyone even noticing, and about 50% faster than traditional braces.


When it comes to oral health, alignment matters. To get straighter teeth for the health of it, call A Beautiful Smile Dentistry or click the online booking button.

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