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Beyond Just Straightening Teeth: What Orthodontics Really Is

Your first thought when you hear the word “orthodontics” typically involves straightening teeth – braces to be more precise. However, you might be surprised to learn that orthodontics is more than just a cosmetic procedure. Orthodontics can give you not just a  beautiful smile and perfectly aligned teeth, but its major unsaid benefit is to enhance and preserve your oral health for the rest of your life.

Orthodontics involves realigning the teeth into a stable and harmonious connection, which improves functionality, in addition to simply making them straight. What does that exactly mean? Uneven teeth increase the likelihood of a crooked bite. That improper bite can exert undue pressure on various parts of the mouth during eating and other activities, which can result in jaw, muscular, and even ligament pain. The teeth may eventually become weaker due to this stress, making them more prone to chipping. You are considerably more likely to require tooth extractions and other arduous operations as you age if that damage is allowed to worsen.

Additionally, orthodontic treatment greatly enhances your teeth’s capacity to be cleaned. Your teeth most likely overlap one other and have very little spaces between them if you don’t get orthodontic treatment. As a result, when brushing and flossing, you might not be able to reach all of your teeth.

Beyond that, orthodontics can significantly enhance your capacity for speech. You have no idea how important your teeth are to speaking! Your speaking patterns may be affected if your teeth are not properly aligned or tilt too far forward or backward. Whistling may also result from spaces between teeth, which can be eliminated with braces by minimizing those spaces.

Last but not least, orthodontics actually aid in digestion. Teeth are necessary to help you partially digest food by breaking it down before you swallow, as you might have surmised. Your digestive system will work harder to digest food if your teeth are out of alignment and your food is not properly chewed.

Clear aligners and traditional brackets with wires are one orthodontic treatment method that we advise.We absolutely adore transparent aligners! Simply because they are way more comfortable, appear less conspicuous, and also make cleaning your teeth much simpler. Of course, you could opt for the traditional metal brackets as well. Your level of comfort will determine which one you chose.

To summarize, the benefits of orthodontics are quite clear. These treatments offer functional and health- related advantages as well. For example, when your teeth are in proper alignment, they’re much easier to clean.  Straightening your teeth can  enhance chewing and speech function.  Orthodontic treatment can ease aches and pains related to TMJ  complaints.  An aligned bite can reduce your  threat for  depressions, gum diseases and disorders, and other oral health issues. Orthodontics can help you achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile and mouth. 

If you have any inquiries regarding beginning orthodontic treatment, please contact our team. You could call us at (972) 423-6804 if you’d like more information.

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