How Orthodontic Treatment Can Improve Your Overall Health

Braces in Summit, NJ

Dr. Christel A. Hummert of Garden State Orthodontics helps identify some of the health benefits that come along with straight teeth after being treated with braces in Summit, NJ benefits that help patients live happier and healthier lives, with a picture-perfect smile.

What’s healthy about having braces?

Many patients get orthodontic treatment with braces in Summit, NJ  to straighten their teeth and improve their smile. Another bonus to having straight teeth is the health benefits that that they provide. This bit of information is new for many orthodontic patients. However, many do not know what exactly these health benefits are. Dr. Hummert tells her patients that having straight teeth means:

Less plaque build-up because straight teeth are easier to keep clean

When you see an ad for toothpaste or a toothbrush, the models used in these ads all feature bright, white, and exceptionally straight teeth. That’s because straight teeth, beyond being a cosmetic goal, get and stay clean more easily and effectively. Crooked teeth, on the other hand, can cause a buildup of plaque. Whether the teeth are overlapped, overcrowded, or hard to reach, food (and thus plaque) may build up. This is due to the a toothbrush or floss not being able to get to certain places in your teeth. This causes a buildup of food and plaque that can lead to cavities, discolored teeth, and bad breath. More serious problems including tooth decay and gum disease. By simply aligning your teeth with braces, the teeth will then be easily accessible to being brushed and flossed effectively.

Less Injuries

Crooked teeth chip or break more easily than teeth that are in alignment. Braces correct the problem and ensure a healthy, straight, functional set of teeth for a lifetime.

Straight teeth cause less stress to the jaw bones

When teeth are crooked or crowded, the functionality of the jaw is compromised. This can lead to abnormal wear-and-tear on the teeth. This causes discomfort, pain, and even exacerbate the rate of tooth decay. Chewing, biting, and speaking abilities are optimized when you have straight teeth. This pain might occur because of a misaligned jaw or because the teeth may be overlapping and wearing each other down. By straightening your teeth, the pain will subside because your teeth and jaws will be aligned and in place. Thus, your teeth will be working to their optimal effectiveness.

A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body through better eating habits

There is medical evidence that supports the fact that poor oral health may contribute to a variety of physical maladies beyond the mouth. This includes diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and complications for pregnant women. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream, the lungs, and the gut, thus affecting the entire immune system. Crooked teeth can also cause patients to have problems eating. When teeth are not aligned properly, it can be difficult to bite into hard or crunchy foods such as carrots or pretzels. This problem can cause patients to stop eating some foods, even if they are healthy and provide daily nutritional needs.

More Self-Esteem

Getting braces in Summit, NJ from Garden State Orthodontics and achieving straight teeth automatically helps improve self-esteem in patients who get braces. When your teeth are straight, your mouth is healthy and your smile is bright. Many patients of Dr. Hummert are no longer embarrassed of their crooked teeth!

These are a few of the reasons why straight teeth and a healthy mouth are more than just a cosmetic concern. Misaligned teeth, corrected through braces, improves the quality of life for patients in Summit NJ at Garden State Orthodontics. 


Dr. Hummert and the team at Garden State Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to clear braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, or braces in Summit, NJ, 09701 and 09702 zip code areas, Springfield, NJ, Maplewood, NJ, or Union, NJ, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hummert, contact Garden State Orthodontics at: (973) 379-4471.