The primary goal of many patients who get braces is to enhance the smile’s appearance, but orthodontic treatment does much more than that. By realigning the teeth, orthodontics also improve oral health in a number of ways.
As such, working with an orthodontist provides benefits beyond the most obvious aesthetic ones.
When the teeth are crooked or crowded, it can be nearly impossible to clean the spaces between them. Bacteria can collect and multiply along the surfaces where the teeth overlap, creating the potential for cavities. Those bacteria will also eventually make their way to the gums, where they’ll do even more damage.
In this way, braces can help a patient keep their teeth cleaner. It’s easier to floss between teeth that are properly positioned, which simultaneously leave fewer spots for plaque to accumulate.
By realigning the teeth, orthodontics also improve oral health in a number of ways.
Of course, if you get traditional braces with brackets and wires, you’ll need to be extra cautious about keeping the teeth clean around the appliances, which can collect food particles that also serve as a food source for oral bacteria. Your orthodontist can help you develop a plan for an effective home oral hygiene routine during your treatment.
You may also opt for one of the newer systems that straighten the teeth using a series of clear, removable plastic trays. It’s much easier to maintain the teeth throughout treatment when using a system such as Invisalign, as patients can take out the trays when it’s time for brushing and flossing.
For some patients, orthodontic treatment can also improve nutrition. When the teeth fit together correctly and the bite is properly aligned, the chewing mechanism is more efficient. This improves health too, as patients are able to eat a wider variety of foods to get a complete collection of vitamins and nutrients.
Braces may even relieve pain in certain cases. Patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders often discover that their symptoms decrease following orthodontic treatment.
Patients who are considering getting braces to look better will also gain a number of health benefits. Talk to our team at Creekview Orthodontics, serving Plano and surrounding communities, to determine if orthodontic treatment is right for you.