Each year, the month of October is dedicated to creating awareness on the benefits of orthodontic health and care. Together with the American Association of Orthodontists, Associated Orthodontists is proud to celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month.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 TeethWhen 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 CleanWhen 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 InjuryThose 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, when teeth are unaligned or protruding, the mouth and teeth are more prone to injury, especially when playing sports or participating in activities.Improved Overall HealthResearch 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.Physical, Mental, Emotional and Social BenefitsFor 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.
The team at Associated Orthodontists recommends that children should have their first orthodontic visit at the age of 7, but patients can receive the benefits of care at any age. With advancements in technology, techniques and products, getting orthodontic care is more convenient and life changing than ever before.Associated Orthodontists has six convenient locations in Joliet, Plainfield, Morris, Frankfort, New Lenox and Bourbonnais, is a participating provider with most major insurance carriers and zero-percent interest financing. Please visit greatbraces.com to find a location near you, or click here to schedule your complimentary consultation.