Often people turn to an orthodontist to improve the appearance of a smile, but the actual benefits of orthodontic treatment extend far beyond aesthetics.
Straight teeth and a well-aligned bite can potentially set you up for a lifetime of better dental health, and here’s how…
The orthodontic process
Although the ultimate outcome of orthodontic treatment is straight teeth and a winning smile, there’s a lot more that goes into the process.
As an orthodontist works to straighten those teeth using braces, Invisalign or a plate, they are also remedying issues with the bite and the way the teeth fit together. This ensures the teeth then fall into the right position, and also meet correctly, at the right angle, in the right place.
Ultimately, it means, not only is the result of orthodontic treatment aesthetically pleasing, it improves the functionality of the jaw, the facial appearance, can assist in alleviating speech issues and breathing difficulties, and creates better foundations for ongoing dental health.
Easier to clean
Overlapping or overly spaced teeth create a whole host of nooks and crannies that make It harder to keep teeth clean. And try as you might, there could be some places that are nigh on impossible to access regardless of whether you brush multiple times a day and floss with unwavering regularity.
On the flipside, straight teeth set up a dental landscape where all areas are readily accessible, and over the long term this has major benefits.
Nooks, crannies and inaccessible areas lend themselves to the build-up of plaque, which can ultimately lead to decay.
It can also make you more prone to gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of preventable tooth loss.
Less wear and tear
All the chewing, gnawing, chatting and occasional grinding we do over the course of life takes its toll on our teeth, but in teeth that aren’t properly aligned that toll tends to be higher.
That’s because these teeth are wearing against each other when and where they shouldn’t be and that can make them more prone to cracking, chipping, and decay.
In some situations, the incorrect positioning of teeth can actually make them more prone to trauma. This is the case with conditions like overjet (also known as buck teeth) and underbite (where the bottom teeth protrude beyond the top).
Due to where the teeth sit, they are more likely to get knocked, chipped or broken.
As part of our commitment to great dental health for the whole family, Brite Dental has a specialist orthodontist on hand with expertise in early treatment, teen treatment and adult orthodontic work.
Together our dentists and orthodontist work side by side to set you up for the best dental health for life and to then work with you to maintain it.
About Brite Dental
Brite Dental is a community-focused dental practice, committed to ensuring you and your family receive the highest quality of care in a warm and professional environment.
Offering a full range of dental services ranging, from children’s dentistry through to high-end cosmetic dentistry, we are conveniently located in central Panania.