Contrary to popular belief, orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teens. In fact, it is never too late to correct bite problems or straighten your teeth. Whether you have never had braces or you had braces when you were younger and your teeth have shifted out of position, orthodontic treatment can straighten your smile and correct any alignment issues you may have. Here are five reasons why it’s a good idea to get braces.
Crooked teeth increase the risk of food accumulating in the mouth, leading to plaque, decay, and eventually gum disease. Properly aligned teeth make it much easier to brush and floss thus maintaining good oral hygiene.
Did you know poor oral hygiene can lead to heart problems? Tooth decay can expose capillaries near the gums and the roots of your teeth to bacteria. These bacteria can travel through the bloodstream to the heart, exposing it to toxins that can, in more serious cases, be life-threatening.
A balanced bite reduces the chances of headaches and pain in the jaws. Malocclusion, or misaligned teeth, causes the jaws to overwork, which can lead to pain and headaches if left untreated.
Misaligned teeth are a common cause of self-esteem issues. Straightening your smile has been shown to increase confidence at personal and professional levels. In some cases, implants are required, but treatment ensures the required space is created to align your smile properly.
With advances in technology, there are now several treatment options when it comes to treating your smile. One popular alternative to metal braces is Invisalign. These aligners are made of clear plastic that blends in with your smile, so they are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. According to Orthodontics Limited, Invisalign has benefitted over 1.5 million clients in recent years, most of them being adults. The biggest advantage is that they are removed while eating, brushing, and flossing.
Another option is InBrace. InBrace is attached behind the teeth, making them virtually invisible. Unlike aligners, InBrace requires little to no effort on your part aside from maintaining your oral hygiene whereas, with Invisalign, you must be diligent with wearing your aligners for the recommended time each day to achieve the desired results.
Your orthodontist will hold an initial consultation with you before deciding on the best treatment option for your case. After examining your teeth, X-rays and molds will also be taken. You will then be advised on what type of braces is recommended for your smile. If you are interested in learning more about braces or scheduling a consultation, contact Silver Smiles today.
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