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How Orthodontics Can Improve Your Overall Health

When you think of orthodontics, straightened teeth and picture-perfect smiles likely come to mind. However, the benefits of orthodontics go far beyond aesthetics. Investing in orthodontic treatment can lead to significant improvements in your overall health. At Massih Orthodontics, based in the heart of Glendale, CA, Dr. Karmen Massih takes a comprehensive approach, ensuring patients achieve radiant smiles and enhanced well-being.

1. Improved Oral Health

Misaligned teeth can create nooks and crannies that are challenging to clean. If untreated, this can lead to plaque accumulation, which may result in gum diseases like gingivitis or even periodontitis. By straightening your teeth with options like Invisalign or traditional braces, you can reduce these problem areas and enhance your oral hygiene routine.

2. Enhanced Digestion

Chewing is the first step in the digestion process. Misaligned teeth can compromise your ability to chew food properly. When food isn’t broken down adequately in the mouth, it can lead to digestive issues further down the line. Orthodontic treatments ensure that your bite aligns correctly, optimizing the chewing function and aiding digestion.

3. Reduced Risk of Dental Trauma

Protruding or misaligned teeth are at a higher risk of chipping or getting damaged during accidents or falls. Orthodontics offers a protective mechanism against potential dental traumas by aligning your teeth and correcting protrusions.

4. Prevention of TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a pivotal joint that connects your jaw to your skull. Misalignment can lead to undue stress on this joint, causing pain, headaches, and even difficulty in moving the jaw. TMJ treatment can be complemented with orthodontic solutions to correct bite issues, reducing the stress on the TMJ.

5. Enhanced Respiratory Function

Severe bite problems can sometimes affect the shape of your airways, potentially leading to breathing difficulties or sleep apnea. By addressing these orthodontic issues, you can enhance respiratory function and enjoy uninterrupted sleep.

6. Improved Speech Clarity

Your teeth play a crucial role in speech. Misalignments or gaps can affect your ability to pronounce certain words correctly. Orthodontic treatments can rectify these issues, leading to clearer and more confident speech.

7. Boosted Self-esteem

While this is more psychological than physiological, it’s worth noting. A straight, beautiful smile can significantly boost one’s self-esteem and confidence. Whether you’re going for a job interview, a date, or a social gathering, the confidence from a radiant smile is palpable.

Dr. Massih’s Take on Holistic Health

“Orthodontics is not just about teeth; it’s about comprehensive health,” states Dr. Karmen Massih. “When we correct bite issues or misalignments, we’re also paving the way for better oral health, improved digestion, clearer speech, and so much more.”

Secure Your Holistic Health with Massih Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment is a multifaceted discipline that offers a plethora of health benefits. By addressing orthodontic issues, you’re making a sound investment in your overall health and well-being. If you’re in Glendale, CA, or the surrounding areas, consider Massih Orthodontics as your trusted partner in this journey. Our dedicated team, led by the expertise of Dr. Karmen Massih, is committed to delivering results that transcend beyond aesthetics. Dial 818-507-1515 and take the first step towards holistic health.


  1. American Association of Orthodontists: “Orthodontics and Overall Health.”
  2. Mayo Clinic: “TMJ Disorders: Symptoms and Causes.”
  3. Dental Research Journal: “Impact of Orthodontic Treatment on Self-esteem and Quality of Life.”
Dr. Karmen Massih Inspired by orthodontics at the age of 10, Dr. Karmen Massih earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at UCLA's School of Dentistry. After earning her certificates in orthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh, she returned to her hometown of Glendale, CA, to begin Massih Orthodontics, a practice dedicated to transforming smiles for people of all ages.