Orthodontics doesn’t just give you a prettier smile. There are a variety of reasons why braces are beneficial to a person’s oral health. Sure, there are cosmetic benefits, but orthodontics also help with your gums, teeth, jaw and even self-confidence. Here are just five of those significant benefits:
Benefit #1: Better Self-Esteem
Obviously, orthodontic treatment gives you a more beautiful smile, but it has both physical and emotional benefits. With straight teeth, you won’t be as afraid to smile in photos, gatherings and everyday interactions. Studies even show that since people with straighter teeth have more confidence, they become more outgoing and happier with life in general.
Benefit #2: Easier to Clean Your Teeth
Even if you brush regularly and floss daily, it can be nearly impossible to keep your teeth completely clean if they’re crooked or you have a misaligned bite. These conditions create hard-to-reach areas where it’s extremely difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss on a consistent basis. That means it’s easier for food to get caught or tartar to build up in your mouth, causing bad breath, bacteria development and other issues. After braces, however, it’s much easier to clean all of your teeth.
Benefit #3: Lower Risk for Gum Disease and Cavities
Sugary foods, acidic drinks and smoking aren’t the only reasons people develop cavities and gum disease. One of the biggest culprits is actually a misaligned bite. Since crooked teeth or a misaligned bite make teeth harder to clean (see above), it allows plaque and bacteria to develop easier. Orthodontic treatment makes it easier to limit the spread or development of this bacteria, thus lowering the risk for gum disease, cavities and even severe dental issues like tooth loss.
Benefit #4: Less Strain on your Teeth and Jaw
From chewing to speaking, your mouth is constantly opening and closing throughout the day. If you have a misaligned bite or crooked teeth, your jaw has to work extra-hard to perform these simple functions. That strain can cause enamel to wear down more quickly and can even lead to a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Braces correct your bite to lessen strain on your teeth and jaw.
Benefit #5: Lower Risk for Other Health Problems
There are two other areas where crooked teeth can pose big problems, especially in children: sports and nutrition. Kids who have crooked teeth and are involved in high-contact athletic activities have a higher risk of receiving or administering a sports injury. Crooked teeth also can cause digestion problems and improper nutrient absorption, in addition to posing a choking hazard because of swallowing larger bites of food. Finally, studies show that bacteria developed in the mouth can possibly get into the bloodstream and affect other bodily organs. Braces lower the risk of all of these potential problems.
If you’d like to know more reasons why orthodontic treatment is important and beneficial, schedule a consultation with us today! Dr. Kim offers orthodontics in Omaha, La Vista and surrounding areas.