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October is National Orthodontic Health Month. And as it comes to a close, Dr. Matthew Durschlag, owner and orthodontist of San Diego Smile Pros, highlights five benefits of braces or Invisalign® you can think about as we move beyond this special month.

  1. Makes It Easier to Maintain Great Oral Health

Straight teeth are easier to keep clean. Less nooks and crannies for plaque and food debris to hide results in more successful brushing and flossing. In turn? A reduced risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

  1. Boosts Confidence

As a San Diego orthodontist, Dr. Durschlag has seen countless patients experience newfound confidence because of their new smile. Orthodontics has a positive impact on self-esteem and mental health.

  1. Reduces Wear and Breakdown of Teeth

A misaligned bite or crowded teeth can contribute to accelerated wear and breakdown of the teeth. When some of the teeth come together at the wrong contact point or with more force than they’re designed to handle, it can result in the tooth’s early demise. Correcting this as early as possible ultimately leads to reduced need for invasive or expensive dental work like oral surgery down the line. 

  1. Relieves Jaw and Facial Pain

Misaligned jaws and teeth can cause teeth grinding in a subconscious attempt to stack teeth together harmoniously. Teeth grinding (also called “bruxism”) can lead to pain from temporomandibular joint disorder, headaches and migraines, even neck tension. An expert San Diego orthodontist like Dr. Durschlag brings the whole oral system into alignment, helping alleviate facial pain whenever possible

  1. Brings Back The Enjoyment of Eating

Malocclusion and crooked teeth can make it hard to bite and chew effectively. This can take away from the enjoyment of food, not to mention the effect of poorly chewed food on digestion such as gas, bloating, and constipation. A straight smile offers optimum oral functioning to bite, chew, and swallow with ease.

A Local San Diego Orthodontist Delivering World Class Smiles

Board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Matthew Durschlag, is the owner of San Diego Smile Pros. A San Diego native, Dr. Durschlang served as a dentist and officer in the United States Navy. He then went on to complete his specialty training for orthodontics in a highly competitive orthodontic residency program. 

He is joined by board-certified pediatric dentist and fellow veteran, Dr. Kristy Hayes. Together with their team, these San Diego dental specialists offer dentistry for kids and orthodontics for all ages in a bright, high tech, and modern space.