February 15, 2023
Have you ever wondered if getting braces is only about achieving straight teeth? We get this question a lot and thought we would address why having straight teeth not only helps with confidence but also provides many health benefits.
The benefits of braces/orthodontic alignment are not merely aesthetic. It has been proven that crooked teeth are more difficult to brush and floss. Also, food tends to be easily lodged between misaligned teeth. Therefore, after undergoing this treatment your teeth will be straight and it will be much easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
Poor oral hygiene results in the buildup of bacteria and food debris on your teeth and gums. With time, this causes some dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. By straightening your teeth and improving your oral hygiene, you will prevent the onset of these diseases which are the leading cause of tooth loss.
In addition to straightening your teeth, braces and elastic bands can be used to fix other issues such as overbite, underbite, protrusion and other malocclusions. This is an aspect that is sometimes disregarded but it has great benefits for your oral health. When left untreated, a malocclusion can become worse over time and potentially lead to uneven wear of your teeth, or jaw and TMJ pain.
Protruding teeth are more prone to dental injuries. Braces can shift these teeth back into their ideal positions and reduce the chances of any injuries.
Sometimes, crooked teeth can affect your speech and cause lisps. This can make people feel very self-conscious, but can be corrected after braces with Somerville Orthodontics.
For these reasons and many others we feel that orthodontic treatment is about so much more than just straight teeth. Want to give your teen a healthy smile that may even help boost their self confidence? Bring them to Somerville Orthodontics and we will help create a healthy smile.
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