Can Flossing Help Straighten Crooked Teeth?

In a perfect world, we’d all be born with beautiful, straight teeth. Unfortunately, many of us have crooked teeth that we need to resolve for a number of reasons. Not only can crooked teeth take a toll on your confidence, they may lead to a variety of serious health conditions.

Crooked teeth are known to cause chewing pain, chronic headaches, excess wear on the teeth and gums, gum disease, TMJ disorder, speech difficulties, and more. The longer you wait to straighten them, the more complex and time-consuming your treatment will become. Therefore, it’s crucial to come up with a solution as soon as possible.

Recently, one of our patients asked us if flossing can straighten crooked teeth. Unfortunately, the answer is no. The purpose of flossing is to remove plaque and food debris in between your teeth. Floss can take care of the debris that your toothbrush missed but you can’t count on it to straighten your teeth.

If your goal is to straighten crooked teeth, you may want to consider Invisalign, a great alternative to traditional metal braces. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth in a comfortable, discreet way. The treatment involves a series of clear aligners that gradually shift your teeth to their proper positions.

Invisalign aligners are made of a clear plastic and virtually invisible to the naked eye. You can take them out every time you want to eat, drink, brush, or floss. As long as you keep them in your mouth for at least 22 hours a day, you’ll be able to straighten crooked teeth and achieve the smile of your dreams in no time.

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For more information on flossing and how to straighten crooked teeth or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact Downtown Dental today. Call 919-897-7646. We look forward to hearing from you!

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