Braces Can Improve Your Oral Health
Oral health depends on many factors, but straight teeth are among the most important, outside of diet and oral hygiene. Crooked teeth can cause a variety of oral health problems, resulting in discomfort and added dental expenses over time. Here is how orthodontics can improve both your oral health and appearance.
Eliminate Extra Nooks Around Teeth
Accumulation of food and bacteria around the teeth is a major factor in tooth decay and gum disease. When teeth are crooked, more of these nooks exist, which not only increases plaque buildup, but also complicates removal. After orthodontic treatment, your teeth will accumulate less grime and will be easier to clean with a toothbrush.
Prevent Unnecessary Tooth Wear and Other Damage
Crooked teeth often do not fit together as they should, which results in wear and cracks or breakage that can predispose the teeth to cavities. Orthodontic treatment ensures that the teeth meet each other properly when you bite down, so you will be better protected from this damage and the problems that can follow.
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is often caused by teeth grinding, but can also result from an uneven bite. Pressure placed on the jaw joints is equalized by straightening the teeth, making you less prone to TMJ.
Treatment with braces can last from around one to two years depending on your needs, but you can count on the results staying with you for life. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Allen Sanders to find out mor
e about the oral health advantages of orthodontics.
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