Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
At The Best Braces, there is nothing like witnessing our patients see their new smile without braces or clear aligners for the first time following the completion of treatment. While one of the biggest benefits of orthodontic treatment is the improvement to the appearance of your smile, that is not the only reason we may recommend treatment. Orthodontic treatment can greatly improve your oral and overall health as well. Here are some of the ways orthodontic treatment can improve your health:
Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
When you have teeth that are overcrowded and not in the proper placement, it can be a target for food to become trapped. Issues with overcrowding can also make it difficult to brush and floss properly to remove lingering food and bacteria. Over time, this will lead to repeated issues with tooth decay and the need for treatment. Plaque along the gumline also increases your likelihood of developing gum disease, a very serious oral health condition. By straightening the teeth, you will be more able to properly clean them.
Unfortunately, when the jaw and teeth are not in the correct placement, it can affect the way you chew your food. Improper chewing can cause damage to tooth enamel and lead to uneven wear of the teeth. Food that is not chewed properly can also cause stomach discomfort and lead to digestion issues.
It is not uncommon for patients old and young to have sleep issues. When the jaw is not in the correct placement, it can cause issues with mouth breathing and snoring. Over time, this can be significant to overall health. Using orthodontic treatment to move the jaw into better placement can improve sleep quality.
If you or a loved one are interested in learning about the health benefits that orthodontic treatment can bring to your life, we would love to welcome you to our office for a consultation. Be sure to contact our office located in Southfield, MI for an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your loved ones soon!