Crooked teeth can make a person feel self-conscious about how their smile looks, so most orthodontic patients come into the office wanting braces to improve the appearance of their teeth. Not only does orthodontic therapy improve the way a smile looks, but also there other tremendous benefits to correcting the alignment of the teeth. Those reasons may be just as important as improving a person’s self-image.
#1 – Correctly aligned teeth are less likely to have cavities and gum disease. Crooked, severely misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean, even if you have very good oral hygiene habits. As a result, these teeth are more likely than healthy, straight teeth to develop cavities and gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and orthodontic therapy is considered part of a comprehensive approach to treating and preventing gum disease.
#2 – Teeth that bite together properly will avoid premature wear and breakage of the teeth or dental restorations. Abnormal wear patterns can cause tooth enamel to have excess wear, making teeth appear older and more worn down than they should be. This can also cause restorations like fillings and crowns to break apart, compromising the health of the tooth.
#3- Disorders like TMJ can be better prevented with the teeth and jaws function together properly. Abnormal bite patterns cause the joint and TMJ area to be compromised and function incorrectly. This can place a strain on the muscles and joint, causing long-term chronic pain or complications later on. Correcting how the jaws bite together can alleviate joint strain and prevent TMJ disorder.
Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental
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