Many adults who did not have the opportunity to fix their smiles as teenagers feel like they missed the chance for their dream smile. That does not have to be the case as more and more adults are enjoying the benefits of orthodontic dentistry. Today, Parkcrest Dental Group wants to discuss adult orthodontic dentistry and how you can live a happier, healthier life after getting your teeth properly aligned.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontics
In most cases, adult orthodontic treatment is not only about cosmetic benefits or the pleasing aesthetic of straight teeth. Though aesthetics are generally the first benefit people think of, there is a host of other positives to getting braces at any age.
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#1 – Teeth and Jaw Function
Braces can correct form for biting and chewing. Trying to eat with misaligned teeth can actually impact your digestive system more than people know. Thoroughly chewing your food helps your body to break down your food into more easily-digestible particles. Your body can more efficiently extract vitamins and minerals from each meal with proper teeth alignment.
#2 – Facial Appearance
Jaw alignment can massively alter facial shape, leading to a more symmetrical face, often resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing look. Orthodontic dentistry can correct jaw misalignments like underbites, overbites, and “open” bites. Each having their own impact on overall facial appearance. Many people report a greatly improved satisfaction with their appearance after receiving orthodontic dentistry treatment.
#3 – Tooth Decay Prevention
When you have misaligned teeth problems can arise outside of appearance. When your teeth are crowded and crooked, tight spaces are created that allow food to become trapped. It is often more difficult to reach these tight spaces with your toothbrush and floss. Over time that food debris can turn into plaque and cause increased tooth decay, and put you in danger of developing cavities.
#4 – Correct Jaw Pain
Oftentimes when teeth are misaligned the jaw will attempt to self-correct how your teeth fit together. Over time this can lead to major health issues such as migraines or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. These health issues are signs that your jaw is attempting to correct misaligned teeth and the strain is taking its toll on your body. Adult braces can correct these issues, allowing you to live a more normal healthy life.
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Contact Parkcrest Dental Group
If you would like to improve your general health while improving the aesthetics of your teeth and jaw, adult braces could be for you. If you have questions regarding adult orthodontic dentistry Parkcrest Dental Group has the answers for you. Call us today at 417.887.1220.