What are the Benefits of Wearing Braces?

What are the Benefits of Wearing Braces

Do you want a naturally aligned, beautiful smile? Well, braces can help deliver the dazzling smile you always wanted!

What are the benefits of braces treatment or wearing braces? Straighter teeth are considered more attractive, and there are also many long-term health benefits of braces treatment as they offer one a happier, healthier smile long after treatment is done. Learn more about braces and the long term advantages of braces on teeth.

What Are Dental Braces?

Dental braces are the orthodontic tools that are placed over the teeth by dental professionals for a variety of reasons. They are used to correct malocclusion or a bad bite, thereby improving the natural look and function of the teeth. These work by placing continuous pressure on the teeth to gradually shift the teeth into their right position.

Traditional braces are made of metallic brackets and archwires while today the braces are more inconspicuous as they are made of custom, tooth-colored brackets. They are available in two forms: fixed or removable. Mostly children and teenagers get braces, however, age is not the important factor in such a case. Many adults also opt for orthodontic treatment as well.

Do I Need Braces? 

You may be recommended dental braces if:

  • you have crowded or crooked teeth.
  • you have experienced the premature loss of your baby teeth and the permanent teeth still have not grown in. If adult teeth are not showing up after a while, the possibility is that the early loss of deciduous teeth may have impacted the way your permanent teeth develop.
  • your jaw is not stable and makes a sound. This can be a sign of a developmental problem with your teeth and/or jaw.
  • you are not able to chew food properly because of misaligned or crooked teeth.
  • you have forceful breathing through your mouth. This could be a concern linked to the development of the jaw and/or teeth.
  • you are repeatedly hitting your palate (the roof of the mouth) orbiting inside of your cheeks. This can be because of misaligned teeth.

Top 8 Advantages of Dental Braces

There are multiple benefits of having dental braces and many of you might be thinking that braces only offer a beautiful smile and straighter teeth. However, aesthetics is not the only reason why your orthodontists or dentists may have recommended them. There are many advantages of having braces, including many long-term health benefits. Read the following piece of information to understand other positive outcomes of getting braces, and how they can help achieve better oral health. 

1. Help You Better Digest Your Meals

The food that you eat enters your stomach only after it is partially digested by your teeth. If you have badly placed teeth, then biting and chewing your food into small bits may get negatively impacted. The breakdown of food may not be effective. Braces can help optimally align your smile to allow thorough chewing of your food and get it easily and properly digested.

2. Prevents Jawbone Loss or Erosion

When you have crooked/misaligned teeth, it becomes hard to deeply clean all the teeth surfaces. Misaligned teeth often place an extra force on the gums and teeth.  This creates spaces where bacteria may hide, build up, penetrate your gums or tooth, and start to eat away at your jawbone – which holds your tooth in place. The other benefit of dental braces is that they can help avoid wearing down the jawbone by straightening the teeth and ensuring that every portion of the jawbone is properly exercised and no pockets form inside the mouth that cause dental plaque or tartar/calculus to hide and spread.

3. Boost Your Self-Confidence

A crooked smile can make you feel anxious and self-conscious about yourself while talking, eating, smiling, or laughing. However, after the teeth are well-aligned with braces, you can show off your beautiful smile.

4. Prevents the Decaying of Your Tooth and Curbs the Chances of Having Gum Disease

If your teeth are positioned more outwards or overlap one another, then your teeth are prone to uneven wear and tear. They would be difficult to clean even by dental professionals. If there is food and dental plaque stuck in between the teeth that can’t be removed, the bacteria would be allowed to fester and multiply, thereby causing erosion of tooth enamel eventually leading to tooth decay.

In some cases, the soft tissues like gums that surround the teeth can also get infected by the bacteria accumulating inside the mouth. Wearing braces for the long term can straighten the smile to allow easier brushing and flossing of the teeth, hence preventing tooth decay, gingivitis, or gum disease.

5. Improve Overall Oral Health

Braces can straighten your teeth and allow easy brushing and flossing. Thus they can help maintain better oral hygiene and health.

6. Alleviates Speech Impairment

Improperly positioned teeth can make it hard for you to pronounce some words clearly or you may make whistling sounds when saying some words due to restricted tongue movement. Braces can fix misalignment and possibly get rid of speech issues.

7. Reduces the Risk of Damaged Teeth

After having braces, there is less likelihood of teeth getting broken, fractured, or cracked as the biting and chewing forces get evenly distributed across the tooth enamel and deep into the jawbone.

8. Provides Greater Comfort

Wearing braces can help improve your overall comfort and well-being. They reduce the chances of you biting your gums, tongue, and inner cheeks or you feeling general pain because of malocclusion and the straining of the jaw and temporomandibular joints.

If you are considering braces because of their numerous benefits, contact First Point Dental. Our dental team can help you experience all of the long-term health benefits of braces by prescribing quality treatment.