There’s something about achieving that perfect smile that makes our patients light up. Orthodontic treatment does so much more than just straighten teeth; it changes lives. Here are just a few ways that we’ve seen our treatment benefit the people that come into our office:
Increased Self Esteem
One of the most obvious advantages of orthodontic treatment is the aesthetic changes that occur. Malocclusions, or bad bites, can severely affect the angle of the jaw and the symmetry of the face. Braces and other devices help the jaw to shift and teeth to straighten, giving a more balanced appearance. Proper orthodontic treatment can give patients the confidence to smile and laugh naturally without feeling the need to cover their faces. Ultimately, this allows their natural beauty to shine through.
Corrected Chewing and Digestive Difficulties
A great looking smile may be the most visible change caused by treatment, but it is by no means the only one. Many of our patients come to us because they are having trouble chewing. This is because their jaw is not lined up properly and the teeth aren’t able to effectively break down the food. This can range from uncomfortable to downright painful. In addition to discomfort, chewing plays a major role in digestion, allowing the food to be ground up before hitting the stomach. Inability to chew properly can lead to digestive problems or even a poor diet.
Remedied Speech Impairments
It can be easy to overlook the importance of proper jaw and teeth alignment, as was evident in the last example. Furthermore, patients can even experience speech impediments from a malocclusion. The relative positions of your teeth, tongue, and lips are integral to proper speech. As soon as one of those elements shifts, the whole system has to compensate. In some cases, this causes the patient’s jaw bone to wear down and cause a plethora of other issues.
Circumvent Tooth Decay
Crooked teeth are great at harbouring small food particles. Sometimes, even good brushing and flossing habits won’t be able to clean out the nooks and crannies. As a result, gingivitis will occur. Periodontal disease is nothing to sniff at; in fact, it could lead to tooth decay. Leaving this too long can result in tooth loss and gum deterioration. This can all be avoided by simply straightening the teeth and practicing proper oral care.
Each patient that comes through our doors has their own reasons for getting orthodontic treatment. The benefits of improving your smile can affect everything from your confidence to your overall health. Don’t put off orthodontic treatment any longer—contact us today for a free consultation and let’s get started!