For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment. There is more to orthodontic treatment than just esthetics. Having braces is not just about being happy with the way your smile looks. Orthodontic therapy has many other benefits that improve your oral health and quality of life.
Reduce Tooth Decay
Misaligned teeth are very difficult to keep as clean as straight teeth. This means crooked teeth typically develop more cavities between them, simply because they are not thoroughly cleaned each time you brush. Flossing is essential, but due to the accumulated bacteria throughout the day, crooked teeth may still get cavities.
Prevent Tooth Wear And Damaged Restorations
If pressure is distributed unevenly across your teeth, the enamel can quickly wear away. This can be seen as flat, worn edges along the tops of the teeth, or even gum recession near the necks of the teeth. Correcting the alignment of the bite will allow the upper and lower teeth to fit together properly and eliminate the risk of broken fillings and enamel.
Combat Gum Disease
Misaligned teeth are extremely susceptible to gum disease. Plaque and food easily build up in areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss. As a result, these misaligned teeth quickly develop gingivitis around them, which progresses to the point where the gums actually start detaching from the tooth. Straightening the teeth will make oral hygiene efforts more productive, and gum disease easier to combat.
Manage TMJ Disorders
TMJ disorder is sometimes caused by an improper biting relationship of the upper and lower jaws. This causes the TMJ to be compromised during biting and chewing throughout the day. Over time, strain to the joint begins to cause discomfort, swelling, and even internal damage to the ligaments and muscles that surround it. Correcting the bite relationship allows the TMJ to function without excess strain, eliminating side effects like pain, headaches, and disorders of the jaw.
To learn more about the many benefits of orthodontic treatment, please call us today at 203-513-2014.