Surprising Benefits of Orthodontics

OrthodonticsIf you are considering an orthodontics treatment, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our office to go over the various ways we can improve both your health and appearance. Typically, people think about how braces or wearing aligners will improve the appearance of their smile. While this is true, there are other  health benefits we can discuss with you. Here are a few of the surprising ways straightening your teeth can be beneficial:

#1 — Braces can help create space

People often end up with more teeth than they have room for, due to the size of the mouth or from teeth falling out too early. Regardless, if you do not have enough room for all your teeth, we can create the necessary space using orthodontics.

#2 — Your jaw will feel better

When completing an orthodontics treatment, we look at more than just the position of the teeth. We also look at the position of the jaw and how it comes together when you bite down. It is normal for people to suffer from an overbite, underbite, or crossbite. In this case, orthodontics can help align the bite so it comes together perfectly every time you chew or close your mouth. By aligning your bite, we can help eliminate some of the soreness and headaches you may be feeling.

#3 — We can reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease

Crooked teeth are actually a health risk. When food and plaque can become trapped between the teeth, it can increase the likelihood that you will develop cavities. Since trapped food will also increase the risk of you developing gum disease, your entire mouth is at risk for health problems. Finally, crooked teeth can place various levels of strain on certain areas of your mouth, also increasing the likelihood of you developing health problems. Overall, by simply straightening your teeth, you will be decreasing the chance for numerous health risks.

#4 — Your breath may improve

Believe it or not, one of the leading causes of bad breath is food becoming trapped between your teeth, along with decay and gum disease. All these risks are increased when you have crooked teeth. By straightening your teeth, you are actually improving your breath.

Learn More About Orthodontics

If you are ready to straighten your teeth, we encourage you to call our office and schedule a consultation. We can go over all the options with you, including the various types of treatments we offer to straighten your teeth and align your jaw. For example, we can discuss traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners as solutions to improve your smile. Which one we recommend will be based on the current position of your teeth and how far they need to move. We will also take your lifestyle into account before recommending a specific orthodontic treatment. Regardless of which option you select, we are confident that you will enjoy how much better you look and feel when done.

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