The field of orthodontics has advanced tremendously in recent years. Now, patients have a variety of treatment options available to them, ranging from traditional braces to lingual braces to clear aligners. But how do you determine whether you should invest in orthodontic care or not? To help you make a more informed decision about your dental health, we have compiled a list of the key benefits orthodontic treatment provides.
Key Benefits of Orthodontics
Benefit 1: A More Radiant Smile
The most noticeable advantage of undergoing orthodontic treatment is the improved appearance of your smile. Straighter teeth and a more attractive smile provide a boost in self-esteem and confidence, which often helps a person’s professional and personal success. Whether you’re on a date or at job interview, a beautiful smile will leave a positive impression on those around you.
Benefit 2: Greater Dental Stability
There is a direct correlation between the straightness and stability of your teeth. The straighter they are, the greater their long-term stability. Unfortunately, this correlation also means that untreated orthodontic problems tend to exacerbate over time. In particular, crowding occurs when teeth aren’t locking in their space and back teeth begin to drift forward. Once teeth slip contact with each other, the door is open for crowding to worsen. If the crowding progresses too far, there may no longer be enough room for all the teeth. Consequentially, one or more teeth may need to be extracted. Naturally, the sooner crowding is corrected, the easier the process will be.
Benefit 3: Long-Term Periodontal Health
Finally, it has been shown that straight teeth are less prone to developing periodontal (gum) problems. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean and offer little to no room for food particles to get trapped. This reduces the likelihood of plaque and tartar build-up, which often leads to gingivitis, gum recession, and gum disease.
If you’re looking to get a professional opinion on different treatment options, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. We will perform a digital scan of your mouth, share the results with you, and put together a treatment plan customized specifically to your needs.