Orthodontics – more than just straight teeth

Orthodontics – more than just straight teeth

Orthodontics provides more than just a pretty smile. Whilst it’s true that patients often use braces and other orthodontic devices to achieve their smile of choice, a little known secret is that the benefits of orthodontics can extend to include an improvement in overall health and well-being. Here are some of the lesser known benefits of orthodontics.

Orthodontics to prevent loss of adult teeth

Teeth that are not straight fail to participate properly and effectively in the chewing action. Improper chewing action can strain the jaw and lead to pain in and around the mouth, especially at the joint of your jaw. If your upper or lower teeth are severely out of alignment, teeth can also dig into the gums of the opposite (upper or lower) jaw, causing pain and abrasions.

If your teeth and jaws are not aligned, the teeth can wear down in an irregular way because certain teeth perform most of the chewing duties and others hardly participate. This can lead to the loss of some adult teeth and require the use of dental implants or dentures to allow for proper chewing later in life.

Orthodontics to prevent speech problems

Speech problems can arise when teeth are misaligned. A deep overbite or underbite can prevent proper speech. Straightening the teeth with an orthodontic device will alleviate interference with speech development.

Straightened teeth make for easier cleaning

Teeth that are irregularly spaced, crooked or twisted can be difficult to floss properly and can encourage food to be trapped between them. This can lead to greater instances of decay and halitosis. By straightening teeth with an orthodontic device, brushing and flossing routines are more likely to be effective, leaving you at lower risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.

Orthodontics to boost self-esteem

The result of orthodontic treatment is usually the creation of a straight, attractive smile. This can boost your confidence and self-esteem, making you look and feel great.

So you can see that there’s definitely more to orthodontics than just a pretty smile. We invite you to book in for a consultation to discuss your orthodontic needs today.

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