Have you ever considered braces? Maybe a dentist suggested they could help you, or perhaps you always wanted to straighten that one tooth just a little. Braces can do a lot more for your mouth than you might realize, and we’ve got a list of reasons you may want to make the investment. Read on to find out the true value of braces.
Enhance Your Oral Health
Crooked, overlapping, and misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean properly, which means more opportunity for bacteria to wreak havoc on your mouth. Straighter teeth are easier to care for, leading to fewer cavities and less chance of developing gum disease down the line. “Orthodontics are more than cosmetic;” says Dr. Lin, orthodontist at our Pinnacle Park location. “It is part of a comprehensive dental healthcare plan,” continues Lin.
Support Healthy Digestion
It’s easier to chew food into smaller pieces when your teeth and jaw work properly. Your digestive system can absorb nutrients more efficiently when you can chew food into smaller bits. Braces can correct the misalignment of your teeth and jaw to make digestion smoother.
Embrace the Confidence Boost
If you feel embarrassed by the state of your teeth and tend to hide your smile (or even worse, not smile at all!), braces could change your life. Straight teeth and a smile that makes you happy can ease anxiety and improve your self-esteem.
Speaking of confidence, braces can sometimes correct chronic speech issues caused by misaligned teeth. If you struggle with certain speech difficulties, braces may help you overcome them!
Prevent Bone Loss
Did you know that misaligned teeth can lead to bone loss? It’s true. When bacteria builds up, say between overlapping teeth, it can eat away at the bones of your teeth and even your jaw.
Support Other Oral Treatments
Sometimes braces supplement other treatments. For example, some patients get braces as part of the treatment for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain. Braces can relieve pressure and adjust the position of the jaw. Orthodontic appliances can also treat things like bruxism (teeth grinding).
The True Value of Braces and How They Can Change Your Life
It may seem strange to think that braces could do so many things for your mouth and your overall health, but if you could relieve pain, speak more clearly, or even smile more freely, isn’t it worth a shot? “Having a beautiful smile is a bonus to the long-term health benefits of orthodontic treatment. Potential health benefits such as improving oral health, phonation, jaw alignment, efficiency of chewing, and confidence in your smile are priceless.” adds Lin. Book an appointment with Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics for a complimentary orthodontic consultation to see how braces could change your life!