In modern times, braces have become a common solution for misaligned teeth. However, apart from straightening teeth and providing beautiful smiles, there are plenty of health benefits that teenagers and adults alike can derive from wearing braces. These include:
While braces are commonly worn to fix crooked teeth, they are also effective when it comes to correcting a poorly aligned bite. A ‘bite’ is a dental term that describes the manner in which the upper and lower teeth fit together. The presence of gaps in your mouth due to missing teeth or misaligned teeth can make the process of chewing a lot harder. In more severe cases, a misaligned bite can cause discomfort and pain when chewing since the jaw has to work harder than it normally would. However, getting braces fitted in your mouth helps to restore a proper bite alignment and alleviate pain by reducing pressure on the jaws. This, in turn, makes it easier for you to chew food, thus indirectly improving your digestion and general health.
Better Jaw Alignment
When you have crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, your speech can be negatively affected. Fortunately, getting braces can help resolve the speech impediments that are occasioned by poor jaw alignment. Usually, an orthodontist will use an expander to widen the palate before installing the braces. Apart from fixing speech problems, orthodontic treatment can help improve breathing, reduce snoring during sleep and correct any inner ear and sinus issues that are caused by jaw misalignment.
Improved Oral Care Habits
Crowded and poorly aligned teeth are typically challenging to clean and may contribute to poor oral health. When teeth are packed in a crooked way, accessing certain parts with a toothbrush or dental floss may prove impossible. This might lead to a buildup of bacteria which can erode the tooth thereby causing cavities and gum disease.
Good oral hygiene involves brushing teeth at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and using mouthwash to get rid of mouth odor. Proper dental hygiene is even more important if you have braces since more effort is required to reach all parts of your mouth and teeth. Putting in extra care when brushing and flossing your teeth when you have braces can help you develop better oral hygiene habits which you can continue with even after the braces are removed.
Confidence is crucial to every aspect of life, and when people have crooked or poorly aligned teeth, they are likely to suffer from poor self-esteem. The need to hide one’s smile due to embarrassment can discourage them from taking risks such as speaking in public settings like the office and even in social settings with friends and family. Getting braces can enhance one’s confidence, eliminate social anxiety and motivate them to show up in life as their best selves.
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