Are you tired of hiding your smile? Straight, healthy teeth can help you smile with confidence!

Take a moment and picture your teeth like piano keys placed in many wacky positions. For example, some protrude forward, others sink in backward and some overlap. You notice that the piano keys have not been cleaned in a while because of the nice layer of dust on top.

You grab a duster and clean them. Once finished, you notice dust still remaining in the crevices. You may even notice there are some areas that look impossible to reach. This analogy is like malocclusion.

Misaligned teeth in this example were corrected with  Invisalign . Every treatment plan is different. Dr. Green will assess your overall health goals and make recommendations to help you achieve a healthy smile.

Misaligned teeth in this example were corrected with Invisalign. Every treatment plan is different. Dr. Green will assess your overall health goals and make recommendations to help you achieve a healthy smile.

Malocclusion is a dental term. It describes the imperfect position of upper and lower teeth. This may be shocking to you, but straight teeth have way more benefits than just aesthetics. Misaligned teeth affect how you bite, chew, and speak. The magnitude of these forces exceeds beyond normal for a tooth. This causes constant stress on your teeth.

Crooked teeth can lead to enamel wear, fracturing, and pressure on the jaw joints. Also, the abnormal stress affects the foundation of the teeth. This leads to structural and functional changes that can be provoked by poor oral hygiene.

Malocclusion causes you to have a higher increase in collecting plaque. Plaque is the colorless, sticky film composed of bacteria, food debris, and saliva. It is the daily buildup that you are able to remove with proper brushing and flossing. Plaque that is not removed increases the chances of decay and periodontal disease.

Misaligned teeth are hard to keep clean daily unlike straight teeth. Crooked teeth make it hard to get your toothbrush bristles where they need to reach. These tight places between your teeth can also make it difficult to floss. Straight teeth allow you to place maximum bristle exposure on your teeth, and make for easier flossing.

Easier plaque removal decreases your chances of decay and periodontal disease. Proper alignment may even ease or prevent physical health problems. Studies by the American Dental Association (ADA) have shown the same bacteria in plaque are present in more serious health conditions. These same bacteria correlate with heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes. A confident smile goes beyond good looks. It can contribute to your overall health and well-being.

Straighter teeth can do more than give you a beautiful smile.

Our practice philosophy thinks of your mouth as a window to the health of your body. How your teeth look when you are speaking to others says a lot about your quality of care. The exciting bonus of straight teeth is that you will no longer be self-conscious of your smile.

You can remove your hand from covering up your mouth, and you do not have to half-smile or grin with pursed lips. Instead, you will be beaming with stellar confidence. You have the choice to make this positive impact on your life.

Call us (417) 887-5155 or email to request a reservation for a New Patient Experience with Springfield, MO dentist Dr. Green to help start your journey toward a healthy smile.

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