Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
For most people, orthodontic treatment is about achieving a beautiful smile. Whether you had braces as a child and failed to retain your results or you have never had braces at all, orthodontic treatment could offer you the dazzling straight smile you’ve always wanted. From children and teens to adults, the benefits of orthodontics are extensive. With a straighter smile, you could:
- Make better first impressions
- Smile confidently in photos and in the presence of peers
- Improve your speech
- Boost your self-confidence
More than a pretty face…
Of course, there is much more to you than your appearance, so don’t write off the need for braces on account of cosmetics alone. In fact, the most important reasons for getting orthodontic treatment have nothing to do with aesthetics at all – it’s about your health and your ability to use your teeth as effectively as possible.
All 32 of your adult teeth (28 if you have your wisdom teeth removed) should be properly aligned in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. When teeth are crooked or crowded, it makes cleaning them and flossing between them more complicated. Since orthodontic treatment is designed to align the teeth into their ideal position, patients may find it easier to take care of their teeth and prevent decay and periodontal disease. Long term, better oral health will also prevent additional complications, such as tooth loss, receding gums, and bone loss.
A lesser known benefit of orthodontics is the ability to prevent future injuries. Though even the most well-aligned teeth can suffer trauma, teeth that protrude are more likely to be damaged in an accident. If you fracture or break a tooth, you may need extensive dental work to repair or even replace it.
The position of your upper and lower teeth when they come together in your natural bite is of utmost importance to your health. If your teeth do not meet in a healthy position – a condition known as malocclusion – you may begin to notice excessive wear on your tooth enamel where the teeth are grinding together. In addition, you may notice problems stemming from pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which could lead to pain, headaches, and more.
Orthodontics for All Ages
Orthodontics can be an effective treatment for patients at every age. We recommend treating young children as soon as possible, as treatment is highly effective while the jaw and face are still developing. Children should see an orthodontist for a check-up by age seven. If you or your child missed the childhood or early adolescent window for treatment, the good news is orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age. If the idea of a beautiful smile is being overshadowed by your disdain for wearing a mouth full of metal braces, however, consider this: Today’s orthodontics are more effective and less conspicuous than ever before.
At Braces for Us, we understand that traditional braces may not be as exciting for older teens or adults as it is for pre-teens who are excited to show off their colorful braces to their friends. That is why we offer discreet orthodontic solutions for patients who need to maintain a low-key appearance for professional, social, and personal purposes. From Invisalign clear aligners to clear and tooth-colored ceramic braces, it is easy to correct your misaligned teeth and correct or prevent future health complications.