If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, you know how many negative effects come from them. Not only are you self-conscious about your smile and your teeth, but they can also cause health problems and create concerns about your bite. As time moves on, if orthodontic problems are not treated, they can lead to more serious health issues like gum disease.
The Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
While braces and other orthodontics may seem like a hassle, the reality is that the protection they provide for your teeth and health can’t be overlooked. The result is a beautiful, straight smile but there are additional health benefits you should be aware of.
First, orthodontic treatment leads to decrease chances of you developing oral disease. As the teeth are straightened, there are fewer places for harmful bacteria to reside. These are small hiding places that food can build up, then turn into plaque that leads to periodontal disease and cavities if they are not treated. Once the teeth have been straightened, many of those pockets and environments are erased, making it less likely that you will deal with harmful gum disease.
Second, fixing your bite is extremely important in preserving your overall oral health. When teeth are misaligned or the bite is off, the jaw has additional pressure. Over time and when left untreated, this can lead to TMJ, or problems with the temporomandibular joint. Issues with your bite can also cause your teeth to wear down unevenly over time. Orthodontic treatment can erase these problems.
Finally, if the bite is not fixed or crooked teeth remain, they are more likely to stick out and be prone to injury. This is particularly true for young children who are involved in contact sports where injuries are common.
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At Gettysburg Dental Associates, we are committed to improving smiles one patient at a time. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Seidel, a dentist in Gettysburg, PA.