Is an underbite or an awkward gap between your teeth causing you embarrassment? You may already know that braces can improve your smile and self-confidence. But did you know that braces can also help prevent serious periodontal problems including tooth decay, correct speech impairments, and reduce the risk for tooth loss? Braces offer many important oral health benefits. Here are four ways that braces can make a big difference for not only your smile, but also for your overall well being.
#1: Correct an underbite or overbite: An incorrect bite can contribute to serious orthodontic problems, including the abnormal wear of tooth surfaces. An underbite can also prevent the teeth from properly crushing or grinding food, leading to serious digestive problems. Without intervention, an underbite or overbite may become increasingly worse – in severe cases, surgery may even be necessary. Braces are a safe and effective way to correct an underbite or overbite before this misalignment leads to long-term problems.
#2: Reduce the risk for gum disease: Not only can crooked teeth hurt your self-confidence, but they can also interfere with proper chewing and strain the teeth and jaws. Crooked teeth may make proper oral hygiene difficult – leading to the build up of plaque, bacteria and food particles between teeth. This increases the risk for periodontal problems, including gingivitis. Correcting crooked teeth makes brushing and flossing easier, which reduces the risk for gum disease.
#3: Relieve headache and jaw pain: Do you suffer from chronic headaches or jaw pain? Orthodontic problems can contribute to excessive wear and tear of tooth surfaces – which can strain the jaw muscle. Without corrective care, a misalignment may develop, which can cause chronic jaw pain and debilitating headaches. Braces help restore proper alignment by correcting over-crowding.
#4: Increase self-confidence: Does your smile have a gap in the middle? Are your teeth crooked or unevenly spaced? If your smile is not “Hollywood perfect,” it’s natural to feel embarrassed, awkward or shy. Braces will help correct your smile imperfections, boosting your confidence and self-esteem. When your teeth are perfectly straight, you will be smiling from ear to ear!
Braces are not just for children and teenagers. In fact, one out of every five patients who receive orthodontic treatments is 21 years or older. Our patients choose braces because they are truly an effective, life-changing treatment.
Thinking about getting braces? Tell us – how could braces change your life?