Going to the orthodontist isn’t just for teenagers anymore. As many as 75% of Americans could benefit from going to an orthodontist, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Braces work to align your teeth and correct bite issues. As tooth alignment improves, there are other oral health benefits to braces that we’ll review below.
Maintain Better Oral Hygiene
It’s easier to floss and brush your teeth when they are straight. Braces give each tooth its own little space, making it easier to reach in and around each tooth in order to remove plaque and bacteria. When teeth crowd together, it’s easy for plaque and bacteria to get trapped in hard-to-reach places.
Reduce Your Risk of Cavities
Cavities form when plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth. This acidic buildup breaks down tooth enamel, leading to a cavity. When your teeth are aligned properly, it’s easier to brush and floss away plaque and bacteria which reduces your risk of developing cavities.
Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by plaque and bacteria buildup on your teeth. This buildup can irritate and inflame your gums and lead to gum disease over time. If gum disease worsens, it can lead to tooth loss. You reduce your risk of developing gum disease as braces make way for thorough oral cleaning.
When your teeth protrude, you’re at greater risk of cracking, chipping, or breaking a tooth if you fall or have an accident. By aligning your teeth, braces provide extra protection to your smile. Such protection is extra helpful for children who often fall as they run around or get involved in sports.
Protect the Inside of the Mouth
If you have teeth that are misaligned, you may accidentally scrape or cut the inside of your cheek. This often happens when you eat. When braces are in place, your teeth are better aligned and less likely to bruise your mouth or lips.
People who straighten their teeth with braces report an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem. This boost in confidence can carry over into other areas of your life, leading to personal and career success. Once you see the benefits of a beautiful smile, you’re more likely to take care of it and maintain good hygiene.
If you’re considering braces, talk to us at Teifer about ways braces can improve your oral health. Braces aren’t just for looks; they also provide many important benefits for your smile.