Benefits of Braces

Why should you feel compelled to adjust your smile, anyway? Here are FIVE main reasons to seek orthodontic treatment:

Health | Function | Comfort | Stability | Confidence

Health

Straight teeth support good periodontal health, which in turn contributes largely to your general good health. Along with tooth loss, periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, blood infection, low birth-weight babies, cancer, and recently obesity. Crooked teeth are harder to clean with usual brushing and flossing. Inaccessible areas are more likely to contract gum disease and tooth decay, resulting in expensive dental treatment. Additionally, bite problems can contribute to poor oral health. Excessive overbite increases the probability of tooth fracture in the upper front teeth. Other bite problems can lead to receding gum lines and uneven wear in the teeth, which can result in premature tooth loss. Straight teeth mean healthier teeth and a healthier body.

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Function

Teeth are meant to be functional above all else: they are your only chewing mechanism, and the first step of the digestive process. When teeth are crowded, spaced, protruding or otherwise misaligned, they usually do not function as they should. If your teeth do not fit together properly, you may experience difficulty chewing. An improper bite can also inhibit your ability to pronounce certain speech sounds. Undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct your bite helps prevent and/or alleviate these symptoms.

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Comfort

While it is possible to live with the discomfort caused by misaligned teeth, it is certainly not preferable. Bite problems have been known to generate clenching and grinding patterns leading to muscle fatigue and spasms, which in turn contribute to problems with jaw joints such as TMJD (temporomandibular muscle and joint disorders; commonly thought of as lockjaw). At the very least, you may experience some recurring toothaches with misaligned teeth. Establishing a healthy bite gives you both peace of mind and mouth.

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Stability

Orthodontics is simply one of the most permanent solutions you can seek for your teeth. When teeth are properly aligned, they are less susceptible to shifting and re-crowding. Seeking orthodontic treatment is a wise investment not only for your health, but for your time and finances as well.

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Confidence

A beautiful smile has a profound effect on a person’s self-esteem. The final result of orthodontic treatment includes an increase in confidence and willingness to smile. Many of our patients have testified to the positive transformation they experienced through orthodontia (read what other patients have said about Craig Davis Orthodontics). We truly believe orthodontic treatment serves to benefit your overall well-being.

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