As we start off the New Year, many of us are making New Year’s resolutions; promises to ourselves to be better in 2016. The most popular New Year’s resolution without a doubt is to better our health. And while many join gyms or cut back on fried foods, you don’t have to just keep an eye on the scale to improve your health. A straight, aligned smile can better your health as well!

Aligned teeth can reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Braces align your teeth to correct this problem by helping gums to fit more securely around teeth and allowing for the strongest defense against periodontal issues and gum disease.

Another major health benefit is hygiene. Crooked teeth can be incredibly hard to clean and floss. Bits of food can become trapped in those hard-to-clean spots, leading to tooth decay, cavities and other oral health problems. When teeth are straight, it’s much easier to floss and brush thoroughly, removing food particles and plaque that can ultimately lead to tooth decay.

Oral health problems can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath and possible tooth loss. Crooked teeth problems can lead to other health issues including TMJ, jaw and neck pain, even migraines. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown oral infections can lead to heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.

The benefits of braces extend far beyond a vibrant smile. Correctly aligned teeth can alleviate oral and overall health issues. So while you look for new ways to be healthy in 2016, consider braces and a straight, beautiful smile. It’s a New Year’s resolution that will increase your confidence while keeping you healthy. Call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. It’s never too late to get the perfect, healthy smile you always wanted.