Here at the Wright Center for Orthodontics, we understand that Braces — even Invisible Braces and clear braces — are nobody’s favorite thing. However, the benefits of braces far outweigh any misgivings you may have. In order to illustrate this, we’ve put together this list of why you should get braces.
Braces Leave You With a Great Smile
We decided to start with the most obvious benefit of getting braces or other orthodontic work done. Unfortunately, not everybody is lucky enough to be born with teeth that are properly sized and positioned. That’s where we come in. Because most orthodontia centers around straightening and moving teeth into their proper positions, every mouth we work on gains a great, improved smile as a final result
Braces Can Result in Higher Self-Esteem and Confidence
People who have crooked teeth tend to have lower self-esteem. For some, this is because they don’t feel comfortable showing their teeth, causing them to become hyper aware of their mouth. This leads to uncomfortable feelings any time that they are around other people. For others, it’s the actions of people around them that causes them to have low self esteem. It’s a sad truth that many people with crooked teeth are mocked and teased by bullies.
With straightened teeth comes a very strong effect on most people’s overall confidence. They are no longer self conscious about their crooked teeth, allowing them to smile more naturally and more often. This can lead to improved social interactions, which can in turn result in even better levels of self confidence.
Braces Can Help You Avoid Serious Oral Health Issues
If you have misaligned teeth or a crossbite, you are more likely to have plaque or food build up between your teeth. This buildup, if left untreated, can lead to gum disease or periodontal disease. It can also lead to an increase in gum and bone loss, tooth decay, chronic facial discomfort like TMJ or TMD, and irregular wear of tooth enamel. These conditions can be very detrimental to your oral health.
Orthodontics Can Actually Improve Your Overall Health
Many people don’t realize it, but your oral health can and will affect your overall health. An incorrect bite and crooked teeth can cause headaches and earaches. Additionally, an improper bite can lead to food that isn’t correctly chewed, leading to gastrointestinal problems. One key indicator that you have an orthodontic issue that needs assessment is if you unintentionally bite the roof of your mouth or your cheek on a regular basis.
Braces Can Even Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
It may sound strange, but in addition to the health concerns listed above, poorly aligned teeth can actually increase your risk of heart disease. There have been several studies linking gum disease to cardiovascular health problems. This increased risk stems from bacteria getting lodged between crooked teeth. If you would like more information about how oral health can affect your overall health, check out this Article by Colgate.
Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment Today!
Yes, we know that orthodontia is nobody’s first choice, but braces are not the end of the world. In fact, they can actually be the beginning of a brand new chapter in your life, that is illustrated by a beautiful, healthy smile. It’s our job to help you get there.
If you are in or around Camarillo, Santa Barbara, or Buellton, Contact the Wright Center Today to find out if braces are right for you! We look forward to hearing from you.