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The start of a new year is a great time to take a look at your smile. Is it as straight as it needs to be? If not, it may be time to consider orthodontic treatment.

A straight smile pays dividends that go far beyond aesthetics–straight teeth contribute to many positive aspects of oral health! A straight smile can help you eat and even speak better. Straight teeth are also easier to clean, contributing to excellent oral hygiene. Impeccable oral hygiene helps prevent the enamel erosion that causes cavities. It also helps ward off gum disease. Gum disease is particularly dangerous– its advanced stages can cause severe damage to the bones and tissues that hold your teeth in place. Proper teeth alignment will help reduce your risk of such damage occurring.

Proper alignment can also help issues such as bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD). Unnecessary clenching and grinding of teeth can severely damage teeth, and can even cause chronic headaches, back pain, or neck pain.

All smiles are unique, and need to be treated as such. So if your smile isn’t as in line as it could be, consult with your dentist for a personalized treatment plan.

To schedule an appointment in Canton, South Dakota, call Canton Dental Clinic at 605-987-2721. Dr. Chris Freed, Dr. Lucas Wiebe, Dr. Laura Pranke and our team look forward to seeing you!