When people think of braces, many think about using braces for correcting crooked teeth to get a straighter smile. Yes, it’s true that braces can straighten your smile for a better appearance, but the benefits of braces go far beyond this. Braces can actually improve your oral and overall health in a number of other ways.
Crooked, widely spaced, or overcrowded teeth can cause a misaligned bite, which in turn can make eating difficult. Your teeth can wear out more quickly, and you may find yourself more susceptible to losing teeth later in life. Plus, a misaligned bite can put stress on the teeth and the muscles around the jaw, causing jaw pain, headaches, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues, jaw bone deterioration, and increased risk of chipping or breaking teeth. The benefit of braces for a misaligned bite is that they can correct these issues, alleviating pain and allowing your mouth and jaw to function properly.
You need to floss to reach nearly a third of the tooth surface when you have straight teeth. Imagine what percentage of the tooth’s surface is hiding when your teeth are crooked or overcrowded. When not properly aligned, your teeth can create additional nooks and crannies for food particles and bacteria to accumulate, and these areas are hard to reach with a toothbrush or even with floss. Once braces realign your teeth, brushing and flossing become much easier, reducing plaque buildup, tooth decay, and other issues.
With straighter teeth as a result of braces, brushing and flossing your teeth becomes a lot easier, which means you are less likely to contract periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by bacterial infections that attack your gums, weaken your teeth, and even damage the tooth roots and jaw. Your gums also have a more secure grip on your teeth when you have proper tooth alignment, so there is less space for bacteria to get into your gums.
The aforementioned benefits, namely the reduced risk of periodontal disease, actually can reduce the risk for other health conditions as well. The same infection associated with periodontal disease can spread and lead to heart disease, stroke, and pneumonia. Periodontal disease can also be problematic during pregnancy or if you have diabetes. When you reduce your risk of periodontal disease, you can also reduce the likelihood of having a myriad of other health problems.
Straight teeth may be one of the most well-known benefits of braces, but they clearly offer a variety of other health benefits as well. Plus, braces can make you feel more confident, which is great for your emotional and mental health.
If you are ready to start your orthodontic treatment and experience the health benefits of braces for yourself, give us a call at 770-222-2322 or fill out our short online form to schedule an appointment.