Getting orthodontic dentistry for your child, or yourself as an adult, may seem like a luxury, but there are actual benefits to having straighter teeth beyond increased self-esteem. Consider these 4 reasons to invest in braces.
Why Invest in Orthodontics for Straighter Teeth?
1. Healthier Teeth & Gums
Crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth are more susceptible to food buildup and may be harder to brush and floss. Trapped food particles lead to the growth of plaque and tartar, which stains teeth and causes tooth decay. Crowded teeth can also cause gums to swell and become inflamed, which can eventually lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gum disease can affect the entire body and is especially problematic for those with diabetes and heart disease.
2. Decreased Jaw Pain & Headaches
A misaligned bite is when teeth do not come together correctly, and this can lead to TMJ, teeth grinding, difficulty chewing, and increased tension in the jaw. One benefit of orthodontics is that the dentist will work to straighten the bite alignment as well as the teeth. The result will be more ease in the jaw and a decrease in the possibility of related headaches and jaw pain.
3. Less Wear on Your Teeth
Teeth that crowd each other or that protrude from the mouth, such as an overbite, may be more easily chipped or cracked. As they are more susceptible to decay, they may require restorative dentistry that can be expensive. Straight teeth are more protected by the structure of the jaw and lips and are less likely to be painful when chewing.
When you have crooked teeth, you are less likely to smile, and your confidence may be affected. Straight teeth can bring new levels of self-esteem and even a better overall mood and outlook as you smile more often. Increasing self-confidence in appearance is necessary at any age but is especially helpful in adolescent years.
Orthodontic dentistry offers benefits that are well worth the investment of time and money. Waterford Dental Health, in Waterford, CT, offers full-service preventive and family dental care, cosmetic, restorative, and sedation dentistry, and Invisalign. They were voted best dental office by "The Day Reader Choice Awards" for five straight years. Call (860) 447-2235 to make an appointment or visit the website to meet the team and see a range of services available.