[:en]We all know that braces are an excellent tool for straightening teeth and improving smiles, but did you know that they serve more purposes than one? Some orthodontists would even argue that the underlying benefits outweigh the aesthetic improvements braces provide to your teeth. Taking pride in your appearance is a positive aspect of orthodontics, but having straight teeth serves more purposes than you might have originally thought. As your local dentist, Smile Workshop has the top three benefits of braces.
Improvements in Speech
Many people do not realize that straightening teeth with braces can vastly improve speech patterns. When you speak, your tongue occasionally presses against the top of your mouth and slides against the back of your teeth. If your teeth are leaning too far inward or outward, you can develop a lisp or other similar speech problems. Straightening your teeth with braces can quickly fix this problem when treatment has concluded.
Reduce the Chance of Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Having misaligned teeth means that some of your teeth are closer together, and some of them are farther apart. These tight spaces and wide gaps can make it difficult to properly clean, brush and floss your teeth. Food gets stuck in the wide gaps that dentists often call “food traps” and collects in your mouth as debris. This debris eventually turns into plaque, which significantly increases your chances of developing cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. When the space between teeth is too tight, it can be hard to floss. This eventually leads to the same problems.
Alleviate Jaw Pain and Correct Disorders With Orthodontics
When your teeth are misaligned, your jaw joints may try to self-correct the errors in your bite. The problem is that more often than not, your jaw will overcorrect and cause pain in your mouth. Symptoms of misaligned teeth often get misdiagnosed as chronic headaches, TMJ or some other jaw-related disorder. Little do people know that correcting the alignment of your teeth may completely eliminate any painful symptoms they may be experiencing.
If you are experiencing any speech problems, jaw pain or excess plaque, there is a high chance that you may need braces. While they are especially common in children, it is completely normal for adults of any age to get braces. Have any more questions regarding orthodontics? Give us a call or schedule an appointment today!
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