Perhaps you’re the parent of a child who’s ready for straighter teeth or an adult who’s ready to begin a full mouth restoration with braces. Did you know, though, that orthodontics have more benefits than just creating a beautiful, straight smile?
Teeth that are crooked and in close contact with each other create the perfect place for bacteria to flourish. The close proximity between teeth also makes it harder to thoroughly clean and prevent further cavities or disease. Teeth that are aligned correctly are more easily maintained with regular brushing and flossing.
A Healthier Bite
If you’re suffering from misaligned teeth, then your teeth are also more at risk to breakage or uneven wear. By creating a straighter smile, your bite naturally and comfortably rests without unwanted force against neighboring teeth that leads to loss of enamel and wear and tear on your jaws.
Migraine and Muscle Pain Relief
When your bite is misaligned, oral muscle tension is often the result. This tension can cause jaw discomfort, neck soreness and even back and shoulder pain. It’s no wonder that migraines often result from all that tension. By correcting the alignment of your teeth, the oral muscle tension can be relieved and the source of your migraines may be relieved.
Correcting Chewing Problems
While orthodontics are best known for straightening crooked teeth, it can also be used to correcting narrow arches as well as overbites and underbites. By properly aligning the jaw and the teeth, your bite can be corrected and you may be able to chew more effectively and efficiently.
If you’re interested in how orthodontics can improve not just your smile, but your overall oral health – give you dentist a call today!
Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
Self-litigating braces are another type of orthodontic therapy that provides comfortable, comprehensive treatment using a bracket that differs from traditional braces. A self-litigating bracket is smaller, does not use bands or ligatures, and is also available in a tooth-colored resin material that blends in naturally with your teeth.
These brackets work using a “trap door” system that holds the wire in place and glide beneath the enclosure. This reduces tension and pressure on specific teeth, making self-litigating braces more comfortable to wear. Because they retain the orthodontic wire within the bracket, there is no need for colorful rubber bands or wire ligatures to hold the arch wire in place. As a result, patients are more comfortable during adjustment appointments and their overall course of therapy.
Because self-litigating braces come in a tooth colored option, they are ideal for patients that are looking for a cosmetic orthodontic treatment but are not candidates for clear alignment braces like Invisalign. The low visible impact made by this type of brackets makes them almost invisible to other people when you’re talking or smiling. In fact, most people won’t even know that you’re wearing self-litigating braces unless you stop to show them.
Treatment times tend to be shorter than traditional orthodontic therapy, sometime shortening overall treatment times by as long as 6 months. They are also easier to keep clean and avoid food buildup as they are smaller and do not have rubber bands collecting food or plaque deposits.
If you’re unsure about what type of orthodontic treatment to choose, but want to have an option that is cosmetically pleasing and comfortable, then self-litigating braces provide a viable option for almost every patient.
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