Many people have a misconception that braces are simply a cosmetic procedure, designed to give you a smile that looks nice. While it is true that you will have a beautiful, straight smile after you have completed your orthodontic treatment, there are many benefits they provide to your overall health. Learn more with Dr. Harrison’s orthodontic team below.
Braces Improve Your Oral Health
Not only are straight teeth more aesthetically pleasing, but they also help to contribute to healthy gums and teeth. Teeth that have been properly aligned by braces are much easier to clean, brush, and floss. Crooked teeth often have nooks and crannies that enable bacteria and plaque to hide from your toothbrush. Teeth that are too close together can be challenging to floss properly. Over a long enough time, these problems lead to cavities, which can also lead to the destruction of the bones that hold your teeth in place. Orthodontic treatment sets you up for a lifetime of oral health since it’ll be much easier to maintain your oral hygiene.
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Straight Teeth Are Less Prone to Injury
Teeth that protrude are more likely to break during an accident. Once your teeth have been appropriately repositioned, they teeth work together as a stabilizing force.
Orthodontic Treatment Helps You Digest Your Food
Many people don’t realize how important of a role their teeth play in the digestion process. Misaligned teeth can have difficulty breaking your food down into small pieces. This causes your stomach to work harder and longer to breakdown and digest your food. People who don’t properly chew their food often develop digestion problems and are at a higher risk of choking. Your braces can truly be a lifesaver!
Braces Can Improve Your Speech
Sure, speaking will be a bit more difficult when you first get your braces. However, misaligned teeth often contribute to chronic speech problems. Once your orthodontic treatment is finished, your teeth will no longer get in the way of your tongue and lips, potentially helping you fix your speech problems.
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Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Harrison Today
If you have misaligned teeth and are interested in learning more about the benefits of braces, schedule an appointment with Dr. Harrison at Parkcrest Dental Group today. We will give you a full breakdown of the potential health issues you may face without treatment and recommend the best course of action to set you up with a healthy smile.