The Benefits of Braces

The Benefits of Braces

Dental braces offer corrective treatment for a variety of reasons, including; overcrowded or crooked teeth, gaps, overlapping, bite corrects, and other jaw misalignment issues. Correct alignment of the teeth and jaw improves the appearance, bite and the way in which eating and speaking occurs. 

 

Oral Health

While an attractive smile is aesthetically pleasing, a healthy smile is crucial to your long term oral health and health in general. When teeth are crooked or overcrowded they become harder to clean effectively. Poor oral hygiene will lead to more plaque build up and eventually tooth decay resulting in potential gum disease and even tooth loss. Bite problems can also be problematic and damage the teeth and gums. Severe overbites increase the risk of injury to the upper teeth, while a weak bite could encourage gum recession, or wearing of the teeth which may result in premature tooth loss.

Confidence

Despite the important benefits braces can have for oral health reasons, it’s a fact that orthodontic treatment can have an incredibly positive impact on a person’s self-esteem and confidence.

 

An unattractive smile can severely affect the way in which a person holds themselves and because of this, can become a significant social handicap. People who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth may cover their mouth during a conversation or hide their teeth while laughing or be hesitant to smile.

 

Sadly, appearance does make a difference in how a person is perceived and therefore treated. This is true of a wide variety of people from students, co-workers, teachers and everyone in between.

 

The benefits of braces are not just purely cosmetic. The positive effects gained from successful orthodontic treatment can have an incredible effect on a person’s self-confidence and therefore quality of life.

 

Oral Function

Misaligned teeth can cause serious bite issues that can result in difficulty chewing, or eating certain foods, problems making certain speed sounds, and may even cause clenching and grinding at night. Establishing a healthy bite avoids tooth wearing, stress on the bone and gum tissue and misalignment of the jaw which can cause facial pain and tension headaches. If severe cases are left untreated, dental care and treatment that develop later are much lengthier and often more troublesome than the process of fitting braces.

 

Braces are usually incredibly effective in straightening crooked teeth and correcting ill- positioned jaws. However, the individual wearing the braces must take an active role in maintaining them so that maximum results are achieved.

 

Following your orthodontist's instructions precisely is crucial, especially during the post-brace retention period. During this final phase, it is very important to wear a retainer as advised or risk sabotaging the benefits achieved while wearing braces.


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