If you’ve got “bad blood” with your “bad bite,” such as an overbite, crossbite, or underbite, there is a solution that will not only correct your bite but also provide myriad benefits to your oral health and aesthetics. It’s called orthodontics, and it can really improve your smile!
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the positioning of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontics uses different appliances such as braces, expanders, and aligners to straighten the teeth, improve the aesthetics of the teeth, and improve the function of your oral structures.
Orthodontics not only improves your smile but also provides many dental benefits. Keep reading to learn more about the key benefits of orthodontics and how it can help you.
Improved Oral Health
When your teeth are correctly aligned, they’re much easier to clean and maintain. This reduces the risk of plaque buildup, gum disease, and even tooth decay. Orthodontic treatment can help you prevent dental problems down the road, promoting better oral health in the future!
There’s no doubt that your smile looks better following orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatments not only straighten the teeth but can also change your overall facial profile. They also boost your self-confidence and self-esteem, making you feel better and helping you in social situations you may have shied away from in the past. We’re not putting down the benefit of aesthetics at all, we’re just showing you there’s more to braces and aligners!
Improved Chewing and Speech
When your teeth are misaligned, or your bite is bad, your jaws and teeth can have a negative impact on your speech and chewing. When you undergo orthodontic treatment, you can correct these issues, again improving your confidence.
Reduced Risk of Dental Issues
When your teeth are misaligned, you are at a higher risk of damaging your teeth while speaking or chewing. You’re also at an increased risk of cavities. Protruding or misaligned teeth may also be damaged more easily while you’re playing sports!
Reduced Risk of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) is a painful condition of the jaw that is caused by misalignment. It can cause a popping or clicking noise when you open and close your mouth to breathe, speak or chew.
That’s not all. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction can have reverberations throughout your upper body, including tinnitus (ringing ears), migraine headaches, neck and back aches, and jaw pain that can sometimes prevent you from opening and closing your mouth.
With orthodontics, your bite will be better aligned, putting less strain on the jaw.
Improved Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
When you have a beautiful smile, your self-esteem improves. Smiling has been shown to impact your professional and personal life, too positively!
This can improve your social life as well as help you advance in your career and appear more trustworthy and approachable.
Long-Term Financial Benefits
Yes, orthodontic treatment requires an investment, but it’s an investment that pays off with time. Orthodontic treatments can help you avoid expensive dental issues down the road, like cavities, TMJD, and gum disease.
Orthodontic treatments are never one size fits all. Every person undergoing orthodontic treatment gets a custom plan to address their needs. This addresses your specific dental concerns and creates a smile that’s uniquely yours!
Today’s orthodontic treatments are more comfortable than ever and can even be minimally invasive, especially with clear aligners. Speak to the team at Restore Modern Dentistry to see what your options are for different types of braces.
Great For All Ages
While we mostly think of children and teens when we think of orthodontic treatment, it’s not just for kids anymore. In fact, following the pandemic, approximately 32 percent of braces patients are over the age of 18.
Clear aligners are an excellent solution for adults concerned about looking like a kid with traditional wire-and-bracket braces. Clear aligners fit comfortably over the teeth and are nearly invisible.
The Time Is Now
To conclude, orthodontic treatment is more than just cosmetic. Orthodontic treatment can improve the bite and function of the teeth and jaw, offering a better quality of life to every patient no matter their age. To learn more about your or your child’s orthodontic options, contact the orthodontic specialists at Restore Modern Dentistry today!