Benefits of Braces

It does not matter what age you are, depending on what is going there are many different reasons and benefits as to why you should get braces. You may need a limited treatment, something quick or something more intrusive.

  • Help prevent tooth decay and cavities.
  • Fix bite, early intervention, cross bite
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Speech improvement
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Missing teeth or not enough room for permanent teeth to erupt
  • And many more

When you have crowding and your teeth are not straight, it is much harder to get to areas where plaque collects. It makes it difficult to keep up with good brushing and flossing. Also, it increases your chances of having tooth decay and cavities. Braces help improve the alignment of your teeth which helps with oral health making it easier to brush, clean and floss.

It maybe that your child needs some early treatment for a cross bite. That is when there is a misalignment with your upper teeth with relation with your lower teeth. That would include limited treatment on teeth to help improve and guide the teeth to a correct position. Properly aligned teeth can also help reduce the chances of bite and jaw problems. If your child sucks their finger or thumb, that can create an open bite, that is where the teeth do not come together… or an over bite which is where the front teeth protrude out from the jaw of the mouth.

Did you know that disproportionate teeth can make it harder to pronounce particular sounds or words? It can be harder to sound words out when your teeth are not straight. Braces can align the teeth to their proper position, allowing the lips, teeth, and tongue to be in the correct place when speaking, reducing speech impediments and boosting confidence.

There are so many people that have had braces or consider getting them. One of the reasons is because their teeth are not straight and it has bothered them since they were kids. Getting your teeth aligned can be a self-esteem and confidence booster. Some people don’t like to socialize or smile just because of how their teeth look. For kids, when they are socializing and making friends, self-esteem and positive self-image can carry forward throughout life. For adults, self-esteem is critically important in many professional and social situations.

If you are older, it is very common for people to clench and grind their teeth. That would cause wear on the teeth. When your teeth hit a certain way against the teeth that are not straight, there’s a high chance of you chipping the edges. Braces may be a solution to move some teeth and polish edges to make them look not worn down as much or if the wear is severe it would require crowns and working with the general dentist to help with the process to get crowns after alignment.

If you are at an adolescent age, it may be that there is not enough room for permanent teeth to come in, so limited braces would be needed and springs to create more room. It is also common for people to have been born with missing teeth or have teeth that were removed due to dental reasons and need spaces for future implants. Treatment would require braces and making room for teeth for the future implants with springs. After braces, you would get retainers to hold space until implants and the crowns are placed.

All in all, there are many different reasons why braces would be beneficial. You may know how you want your teeth to look like or may have been referred to the orthodontist by the general dentist. The first thing to do is to have a new patient exam. At the first appointment, usually, some photos and films are needed for records and are something the orthodontist can look through and examine to determine what type of treatment may be needed. The dentist listens to your concerns and does an exam. Depending on what is going on you may have more than one option to choose from and the prices may vary.

Before jumping into treatment, make sure you know the options. That will help ensure that you are not surprised on prices, treatment or the options provided. If you or your child has been thinking about braces for a necessary reason or you just want to align a few teeth to boost your self-esteem, confidence and have a beautiful smile, the sooner you have a patient exam and know your options, it’ll be easier to take that step forward to amazing results that will make you happy for the rest of your life!