Everyone wants a beautiful smile with naturally aligned teeth, but many people often forget that there are other benefits to braces than just straight teeth. There are a variety of health benefits that brace patients will experience beyond the aesthetic benefits. Patients with orthodontic issues are often not aware of the dangers associated with improper or misaligned teeth. Orthodontic braces can give you a beautiful smile while also helping with your oral health.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
When your teeth overlap and create tight spaces in between one another, it can be very difficult to brush and floss effectively. Having trouble brushing and flossing effectively allows bacteria and plaque to build up, which eventually leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment helps make your teeth properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing. There is an increased risk of oral disease, such as periodontitis, and gum disease is one of the main concerns of orthodontic issues.
Patients with severely crooked or misaligned teeth naturally have crevices that individuals with straight teeth do not have. These crevices act as a hiding place for food buildup and bacteria. If patients fail to maintain proper oral hygiene, the food buildup and bacteria can easily develop into plaque, tartar, cavities, and disease. Correcting your teeth with braces can eliminate these hard-to-reach areas, which decreases the overall risk for oral disease. When braces correct the spacing between teeth, and eliminate the tight spaces, patients are able to brush and floss more effectively.
Difficulties with Speech
Your teeth play an important role in speech. When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, it affects your speaking patterns. Speaking patterns cause frustration and embarrassment. Braces can adjust the positioning of the teeth to allow for clearer, more professional speech. They can also shift problem teeth that may be causing embarrassing speech impediments. When an overbite or underbite gets adjusted, patients can pronounce certain words more distinctly.
Spacing between teeth may also cause whistling, and braces can fix this by closing off the gaps. Braces can also help with word slurring by realigning the jaw or teeth, which opens room for your tongue to move with greater ease.
When there are no teeth to support, bone and gum tissues will begin to erode over time. Individuals with poorly aligned teeth have gaps and spaces, or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. The bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can support the teeth in their new alignment with braces. Braces also help support the bones and tissues in your mouth. They also help prevent erosion of the gums, and they will alleviate pressure from the jawbone by fixing a bad bite over time. The bones naturally rebuild once they are settled in their new spot.
Teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food enters your stomach, it has already been partially digested by the teeth. If teeth are severely out of line, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should before the food enters your stomach. If your teeth are poorly placed, braces can straighten them for optimal alignment while eating and chewing. When people can chew more properly with the help of braces, their food will be more easily and fully digested.
Braces can help with many oral health problems, and they may save you a lot of time and money in the future.