Dental patients who choose to straighten their teeth are providing themselves with more than just an aesthetically appealing smile. Wearing an orthodontic appliance, such as traditional braces or clear aligners, comes with a multitude of benefits that allow for improved convenience as well as better health in general.
Aligning Your Teeth to Reduce Pain
When out of their proper position, teeth can cause considerable tension in the jaw and general discomfort. Having teeth straightened, whether through braces or clear aligner options, allows the bite to be situated correctly, preventing the onset of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
Those who suffer from TMD most frequently experience headaches and inhibited movement of the jaw. Additional symptoms can be tension in the neck, back, temples, and shoulders. Over time, this may increase in severity so as to contribute to dizziness or vertigo.
Protect the Integrity of Your Teeth and Gums
Teeth can be chipped or become worn from chewing at an accelerated rate if they aren’t aligned correctly. Not only does orthodontic treatment protect a smile, patients also benefit from improved digestion they are able to chew with greater ease.
Your periodontal health can be bolstered by a well-aligned smile, as well. When teeth aren’t uniformly positioned, there is an increased likelihood for pockets to form along the gum line. This creates an opportunity for harmful bacteria to spread and gingivitis to develop into a more concerning condition, periodontitis. Beyond safeguarding against disease, straight teeth are less harmful to soft tissue in the mouth as they aren’t liable to make contact with and cut into the gums.
Improve Your Overall Health and Confidence
Improving dental alignment tends to coincide with better hygiene since teeth are easier to clean when they aren’t crowded and all surfaces can be kept free from plaque. The resulting decrease in decay and periodontal disease risk also means there is less chance of developing related systemic health concerns, such as heart disease and diabetes. With these benefits in mind, it also stands to reason that having a straight smile makes dental care down the line more affordable.
Increased confidence is perhaps the most desired result for patients seeking orthodontic treatment. Correcting how teeth are situated doesn’t just improve a smile’s aesthetics, it also clears up any speech problems that commonly occur due to malocclusion. If confidence is in question from wearing traditional metal braces, you have several inconspicuous options such as clear, ceramic braces or removable Invisalign® clear aligner trays.
Contact Us Today!
At Smiles by Roxana, we specialize in orthodontics and are dedicated to helping you achieve a straighter smile. If you live in the Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village, or Germantown area and have questions about braces or clear aligners for you or a family member, give Dr. Roxana Homayoun and our friendly staff a call to set up a consultation.