These little orthodontic implements do not just make your smile look good. They can also be vital for your oral health. Read on to find out why this is.
Making your teeth easier to clean
When your teeth are crooked and overlapping, it can be very hard to clean them thoroughly. Food can get stuck in the gaps and plaque can accrue in areas of overlap that your toothbrush finds it hard to reach. By contrast, when your teeth are straight and evenly spaced, it is so much easier to brush and floss them to perfection every day.
Correcting jaw misalignments
One lesser known fact about braces is that they do not just straighten up your teeth: they can also fix jaw misalignments such as overbites, crossbites and underbites. Overbites and underbites are very common, however in severe cases, they can cause jaw pain and mobility problems in later life. This can make speaking and eating difficult, and give you headaches too. In addition, overbites and underbites can cause accelerated tooth wear as the teeth rub against each other. As such, it is a good idea to correct such issues early on with orthodontics.
Making chewing easier
When your teeth are nicely aligned, chewing your food is much easier. This has a positive impact on your digestion, too, as well as enabling you to get the maximum nutritional content from every meal (some seeds, for instance, when they are not chewed up properly, will simply pass through your body without releasing their all important omegas and minerals). Chewing should not be painful or arduous, and straightening your teeth and aligning your jaws with orthodontic equipment will enable you to enjoy every meal that you have with gusto.
Helping with speech difficulties
If you have a speech issue, correcting a jaw or dental misalignment could really help you to solve it. Many referrals to the orthodontist do not take place for reasons of dental hygiene, in fact. Rather, they take place because a parent or speech therapist has noticed that a young person’s teeth and jaws are making it more difficult for them to speak.
Improved self esteem
This is so important: feeling good about yourself when you look in the mirror is crucial and orofacial procedures can really give you a confidence boost. When you walk into an interview and know that you can flash the panel a white, straight, winning smile, you already have much higher confidence levels than you would have if you were feeling self conscious about your teeth.
Time to try braces?
If you would like straighter, cleaner teeth that leave your jaw free from pain and make it easier to chew and to speak clearly, perhaps it is time to book an appointment with your orthodontist. There are plenty of options available, as well as the traditional wire brace, for example, you can opt for a brace set made from tooth coloured ceramics or a clear and removable orthodontic apparatus.