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It’s the start of the new year, and it’s a great time to consider orthodontic treatment. There are many options available to you. But why worry about getting a straighter smile? Is it just to look better?

The benefits of a straight smile go far beyond looks (though that is often listed as the primary reason people seek orthodontic help). Properly aligned teeth contribute to many positive aspects of oral health! A straight smile can help you eat and speak easier. Straight teeth also contribute to your quest for excellent oral hygiene, as they are easier to brush and floss. This helps prevent cavities, as well as gum disease. Gum disease is particularly bad, as its advanced stages (periodontitis) can cause severe damage to the bones and other tissues that hold your teeth in place.

Proper teeth alignment can also help issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. Unnecessary clenching and grinding, such as that found in bruxism patients, can severely damage teeth. TMJ and bruxism can even cause chronic headaches, back pain, or neck pain.

If your smile isn’t as straight as it could be, consult with your orthodontist for a personalized treatment plan. Your smile is as unique as you are, and there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. To schedule an appointment in Austin, Texas, call our office at 512-258-6683. Dr. Joseph P. Goodson and our team look forward to seeing you!