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.


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.

Related articles.

Displaying 1 to 5 of 289

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is where a tumour develops on the surface of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums. Symptoms include red or white patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue, and persistent ulcers or lumps that do not disappear. 

.... read more

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. 

.... read more

Invisible Braces

There is a solution to having straighter teeth without having to wear traditional metal braces. Known as invisible orthodontics, this type of treatment offers you the choice of wearing a clear and sometimes removable appliance while aligning your teeth.

.... read more

Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is a national crisis causing a myriad of health problems. However, many don’t realise how diabetes can put you’re oral health at risk too. Having uncontrolled diabetes impairs the ability to fight bacteria in the mouth. High blood sugar encourages bacteria which results in gum disease. Diabetes can make you more susceptible to fillings and fungal infections and make it harder to fight off infections. 

.... read more

Dental Health and Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. Made from either porcelain or resin composite, these shells are then bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size, or length.

.... read more

Oral Health by Regions


Oral Health Knowledge Base