Have you ever wondered, “Do I need braces?” While straight teeth are a key part of an attractive smile, there are more benefits associated with orthodontic treatment, including:
Improved Oral Health
When teeth are crooked or crowded, they are more difficult to effectively clean. Poor oral hygiene leads to a buildup of plaque and eventual tooth decay, which can result in gum disease and even tooth loss. Having an improper bite can also cause damage to teeth. For example, people with extreme overbites are more prone to injury of the upper front teeth. Teeth that are out of alignment can wear down faster than aligned teeth to result in premature tooth loss.
Orthodontic treatment can positively impact self-esteem and confidence. Studies show that having a straight and attractive smile can make a big difference in your personal and professional life. Improving your smile is one of the most valuable investments you can make to improve your overall appearance and self-image.
Better Oral Function
Misaligned teeth can cause serious bite issues that can make it difficult to chew food or speak clearly. Crooked or misaligned teeth can even cause clenching and grinding of the teeth that lead to abnormal wear and tear of tooth surfaces. Establishing a healthy bite can eliminate these types of problems to improve overall oral function.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven. Although orthodontic treatment can be completed at any age, timely treatment ensures proper dental health.