Is Orthodontics just for looks?

Is Orthodontics just for looks?

Most people visit their orthodontist for straighter teeth. Although straight teeth may be a huge benefit in terms of confidence and self-esteem as well as improving appearance from other people, it is not the only benefit of orthodontic treatment.

There are a number of health benefits associated with orthodontics;

Easier to clean

Straight teeth are easier to clean. When the teeth are straight, there are less areas for the bacteria to hide and for food to get caught. It is also easier to brush and floss straight teeth.

Better gum health

If the teeth are in crooked, they may be pushed out of the bone and cause the gums to recede. Putting them in the correct positions over the bone allows them to work better as well as creates healthier gums.

A better bite

The orthodontist is not just working to straighten your teeth, but also to get a better more comfortable bite. The bite is how the upper teeth match the lower teeth.

Benefits of a better bite:

  • Easier to chew
  • Less wear and tear of the teeth
  • Less stress on the jaw joint.

    Reduced chances of trauma

    Some people’s teeth are quite prominent or protrusive. Bringing them back so that they don’t stick out may prevent any trauma such as may occur while playing sport etc.,

    Improved Speech

    Crooked or gaps between teeth may make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds. When the teeth are straight, the tongue can usually make all the sounds with ease. Orthodontic treatment may also prevent spitting or accidentally biting your tongue during speech.

    Who would have thought that you can get all these bonus benefits with orthodontic treatment, along with perfect straight teeth and a beautiful smile?

    If you are looking to discuss you smile, please contact the experienced team at Orthodontic Specialists of Melbourne for a consultation. We offer metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign clear aligners and more.

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