One of the biggest and most noticeable advantages of orthodontics, beyond a transformed smile, is the overall improvement in self-confidence that comes from looking one’s best. This is the most anticipated reward that the entire Kelly Orthodontics team looks forward to when a patient completes their orthodontic treatment. But the benefits of braces go well beyond pure aesthetics. Braces ensure correct bite and tooth alignment which has many positive side-effects.
Better Breath - If you suffer from misaligned
teeth you may also suffer from bad breath. When your teeth are crowded or
crooked, adequately cleaning them becomes difficult. Bacteria finds its way into every nook and
cranny and begins building up between teeth causing bad breath. Straight teeth eliminates
those nooks and crannies making it are much easier to brush away the bacteria
that causes bad breath.
Reduced Risk of Gum Disease - Patients with severely crooked teeth naturally have crevices that are not experienced by individuals with straight teeth. These crevices make it more difficult for patients to achieve the required level of dental hygiene needed to prevent health issues from developing. Correcting the teeth with the use of braces can eliminate these hard-to-reach areas, thus decreasing the overall risk for gum disease.
Reduced Risk of Bone Erosion - Misaligned teeth can result in jawbone erosion or bone loss. This happens when bacteria start eating away at the bones. Bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth if they are aligned properly. Braces align the teeth helping to prevent erosion of the gums and alleviating pressure from the jawbone.
Better Digestion - Your
teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food ever enters your
stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth. If your teeth are
misaligned, it can be difficult to chew food into smaller bits. As a result, the
stomach takes a bit longer to digest food. Braces can straighten your teeth for
optimal alignment, helping you thoroughly chew your food. Once food can be
chewed properly with the help of braces, it can be more easily and fully digested.
Alleviation of Speech Impairment - If you have teeth that are misaligned, you may have speech problems or make whistling sounds when saying certain words. Braces can adjust the positioning of the teeth to allow for clearer, more professional speech. They can also shift problem teeth that may be causing speech impediments. Word slurring can also be improved with the help of braces by realigning the jaw, providing room for your tongue to move more freely.
There are a variety of different kinds of braces that offer excellent teeth straightening solutions for the variety of smiles we see every day at Kelly Orthodontics. From traditional metal braces to clear braces or Invisalign, there are so many benefits that come with achieving straight, perfect teeth.
Starting orthodontic treatment will lead to numerous benefits in the future. Dr. Kelly and the Kelly Orthodontics team are happy to explain more if you have further questions regarding the benefits of braces. Contact our St. Charles office to schedule your complimentary consultation today.