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Apr
28

Three Ways Orthodontics Improve Your Smile’s Health

Posted in Orthodontics

There are several benefits to having a straighter smile. We all know that straight teeth look great, but straightening them can improve your oral health as well.

They Decrease Your Risk of TMJ Disorders

If your teeth bite together improperly, your mouth has to make accommodations when you chew your food. This causes the jaw to be compromised during everyday use, gradually straining the joint and tissues around it. 

Straighter Teeth Don’t Wear Down as Quickly

Another side effect of an improper bite relationship is the way the teeth function against one another. In a proper occlusion, the teeth align just so. When the teeth are out of alignment, they bite together in a way that the teeth weren’t designed for. This creates excessive wear on areas that shouldn’t bear as much force. As the teeth wear prematurely, it creates a flat surface across your entire smile. 

You’re Less Susceptible to Oral Diseases

Crooked, crowded teeth are more prone to common dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontal disease. Why? Because they are more difficult to keep clean. Regular brushing and flossing may not get the plaque or food that is lodged in areas where teeth are leaning, causing excessive buildup over time. If you have a crooked or leaning tooth, you have most likely already noticed this in your own mouth.

Are you a candidate for orthodontic therapy? Almost everyone is, regardless of his or her age. Ask your dentist what type of orthodontic treatment would work best for your teeth. It’s time to start the journey toward a healthier, more beautiful smile. Now you know why orthodontic care isn’t just about the way you look!

Posted on behalf of:
Windermere Orthodontics
3120 Mathis Airport Pkwy #106
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-1929

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