Straightening your teeth with orthodontic appliances will ultimately give you a straight, beautiful smile. However, the benefits of braces reach well beyond the aesthetic benefits.
In fact, according to the American Dental Association, orthodontic treatment ultimately results in a healthier mouth.From decreased risk of oral disease and jaw problems, to improved self-esteem, below is a list of 5 health benefits of straight teeth:
Healthier Gums and Teeth: When teeth are crowded, or too widely spaced, the gums can become red, inflamed and irritated — which are also signs of periodontal disease. With properly aligned teeth, the gums can fit the area around the teeth more securely, providing a strong barrier against periodontal problems.
Teeth That Are Easier to Clean: When teeth are not properly aligned, there are more areas where food and bacteria can collect — leading to increased plaque, cavities and risk for oral diseases. Treatment with braces can help correct crooked or crowded teeth, making brushing and flossing easier and more effective.
Prevention of Jaw Problems, Abnormal Tooth Wear and Damage: Those with crowded and crooked teeth often have a misalignment between the upper and lower teeth. This can cause an irregular bite and rubbing of teeth that can wear down enamel. Additionally, protruding teeth are more likely to crack or break.
Improved Overall Health: Research indicates links between our oral health and our overall health. The culprit? Bacteria. Heart disease, premature birth and Alzheimer’s are on a growing list that have ties to poor oral hygiene. Our mouth is full of bacteria, but when teeth are aligned properly, brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups become more effective, helping to keep this bacteria at bay.
Improved Confidence and Self-Esteem: For many, unaligned teeth are the reason for speech impediments, anxiety with smiling and lack of self-esteem—all of which may affect school performance, professional development, social happiness and confidence. Numerous studies have shown that the benefits of orthodontic treatment go beyond improving a person’s dental health. It also contributes greatly to one's self-esteem and overall quality of life.
Ready to start your healthy, beautiful smile? Contact Associated Orthodontists to discuss your oral health, orthodontic options and to schedule your complimentary consultation. AO is a participating provider with most major insurance carriers, plus offers flexible and interest-free payment programs.
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