If you’ve thought about orthodontic treatment, chances are that it was initially an aesthetic concern. After all, most of us want to avoid crowded or gapped teeth that interfere with the way our smile looks. But did you know that a straighter smile could also help your mouth and body be healthier?
- Avoid TMJ Disorders
When your teeth bite together improperly, your jaw motion is compromised. It may have to alter its natural joint movement when you bite and chew, day after day. Correcting the bite will reduce strain on the TMJ, preventing complications like joint pain, headaches and popping.
- Prevent Broken Teeth and Fillings
Our teeth are extremely strong, but when they bite together in the wrong places they can wear down prematurely. This will cause flat, chipped tooth enamel and can lead to broken restorations such as fillings and crowns. Instead of having fillings that last for years, they pop out and need to be replaced continually due to the excessive wear.
- Improve Your Oral Hygiene
Crowded, crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean. They tend to have more plaque and tartar buildup around them. As a result, they also develop cavities at a higher rate than teeth that are perfectly straight. Correcting the tooth position makes it easier to clean each day.
- Reduce the Risks of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease can increase your risk of health problems such as stroke, diabetes, obesity and even premature labor. People with crowded teeth are much more likely to have gum disease, and thereby higher bacterial levels in their body.
Call East Cobb Orthodontics to see how our orthodontic choices can help you enjoy a healthier smile in no time!