Author: Dr. Sakshi Gupta
Anyone that wants straighter teeth or a healthier smile has likely considered getting braces at some point. Not only can a smile increase your confidence, but it can significantly enhance your health and wellbeing.
Below, we will be going over some of the different benefits of braces.
One of the main problems associated with having crooked, crowded, or even misaligned teeth is the problem that it can cause your gum health. At the same time, having misaligned teeth can inhibit your ability to brush your teeth and floss properly. Thus, bacteria and plaque formation are more likely to occur due to food getting caught in between your teeth or on your gum lines.
Even if you are someone extremely diligent with your brushing and flossing, if your teeth have such tight spaces, it can be nearly impossible to thoroughly clean these areas. That is why a lot of those that get braces notice a dramatic improvement in their ability to thoroughly clean their teeth and gums following this type of orthodontic treatment.
Another great thing that braces can do for your oral health is preventing bone loss from occurring. The overall placement and alignment of your teeth can have a dramatic effect on the pressure that is placed on your jaw bone on a daily basis. This kind of pressure is crucial when it comes to helping to stimulate bone growth and proper bone formation.
Having misalignments can cause significant developmental changes in the way your bone forms and it can even cause too much force to come down on various areas around your jaw which can minimize stimulation in other areas. Therefore, by getting braces, you will be able to ensure that each tooth is in its proper position which can create a much more equal amount of pressure throughout your entire mouth which can create optimal stimulation throughout your mouth area leading to better bone health.
Another excellent benefit of braces is the ability to improve your bite. Unfortunately, having improperly aligned teeth can cause your bite to compensate in certain areas. This can end up not only causing problems with your ability to do daily things like chew, but it can also lead to stress on your jaw. This added stress can cause headaches and severe grinding at nighttime.
Therefore, you will eventually deal with footwear and receive gum lines due to this type of nightly grinding without proper nighttime mouth guards in place. Being able to straighten out your teeth can help your teeth be better aligned to improve your bite. Your bite will no longer need to compensate in certain areas to achieve the optimal bite which can reduce headaches and nighttime grinding.
Another good thing about braces is the ability to improve the way you are able to speak. A lot of people might not realize how much tooth alignment can affect speech. That is why a lot of people with open bites tend to have issues with speaking and eventually develop a lisp. If you are someone that used to suck your thumb or fingers while you were young, you likely have issues with speaking directly influenced by that behavior.
Because the behavior negatively affected the growth pattern of your mouth, you are likely dealing with an open bite which forces your tongue to fill the gap that was created. This can cause issues with your ability to speak and sound out “s” sounds as a direct result.
Another good thing about fixing your teeth with braces is the ability to prevent further dental problems from occurring. You will be able to prevent various things such as chipped teeth, broken teeth, and other issues that could directly result from having misaligned teeth and issues with your bite.
Overall, there are a lot of things that you can get from getting braces beyond better-looking teeth. Getting braces is essential if you are dealing with any major dental or orthodontic issues that need to be addressed. Beyond making your smile look it’s best, braces can do wonders for your overall dental health and hygiene.