The Benefits of Having Braces
The obvious benefit that most people know of having braces is having straight teeth and a beautiful smile.
However, the aesthetic advantage of braces is only one of the many benefits orthodontic treatment can provide. The correct alignment of teeth not only is aesthetically pleasing but it also feels better when chewing as the teeth are more effective at breaking down the food we are eating.
If food is being broken down more effectively, then this will in turn help with digestion and for those who struggle to eat in the first place because their teeth don’t bite together properly.
Proper positioning of teeth also can help to overcome some speech impediments such as lisps.
Not only does the alignment of teeth help with eating and speech, but it also makes the cleaning of the teeth and gums much easier. The accumulation of plaque, calculus and bacteria at the gumline and in between the teeth increase the risk of gum disease.
Food and plaque tend to get trapped in between crooked/crowded teeth and it becomes more difficult to remove when brushing and even flossing. Unfortunately if this is not addressed properly,long term it can lead to the destruction of the jaw bone that supports our teeth which is known as periodontitis. The loss of the bone surrounding the teeth leads to the teeth becoming loose, and in advanced stages the tooth involved will have to be removed.
While in braces, it is essential to maintain good oral health by properly brushing, pikstering and flossing our teeth because the brackets themselves are potential food traps. However once the braces are removed, the end goal isn’t just to have a beautiful smile but to have a better quality of life as well.
So the braces can not only improve self-confidence because of a great smile, they also improve tooth function and help you to maintain your teeth and smile for life.