Proponents of natural dentistry and advocates of holistic health often claim that orthodontic treatment is unnatural and even harmful.
Getting braces is ultimately a personal choice.
Before you rule them out as dangerous, however, you need to consider a couple of proven facts:
- Braces are not dangerous to teeth when they are correctly placed
- Orthodontic work could be essential to having a healthy smile
What’s So Bad About Braces?
Some people worry about the cement on the tooth enamel that holds the brackets on. White spots don’t come from the cement itself – they’re the result of poor oral hygiene.
When you let plaque build up around the brackets and behind the wires, it demineralizes the enamel. These weakened spots look ghostly white.
Another understandable concern is damage to tooth roots. When teeth are moved too quickly, the tips of the roots are traumatized.
Bone in the mouth naturally responds to pressure from the teeth because it’s not as strong. It breaks down when pressed against, but rebuilds behind the tooth as it moves. Braces utilize this natural process to straighten teeth, but treatment should never be rushed.
A professionally-trained orthodontist knows how much time is needed for safe and effective orthodontic treatment.
Why Braces Are Important
- Collect stain
- Are prone to cavities
- Harbor gum infections
- Alter the bite
All these problems and more can be prevented or corrected with braces.
As long as your braces are placed by an experienced orthodontist like one of those here at East Cobb Orthodontics, your treatment will be safe and effective. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Capps or Dr. Iaculli.