Orthodontic treatment can do more than just straighten your teeth…

Palos Hills OrthodontistMost people want to achieve a better smile by having straight teeth. However, most don’t know that there are greater benefits to orthodontic treatment than just having perfectly aligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment can actually work to improve your quality of life.

Prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Crowded teeth can lead to oral health issues because they are difficult to clean. Bacteria and plaque can easily buildup between these areas, eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. When you have tight spaces between your teeth, flossing may be impossible and brushing may not remove all the tartar and plaque. With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing and flossing.

Prevent bone erosion. Bone and gum tissues begin to erode when teeth are poorly aligned or are spaced far apart. Too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite can contribute to bone erosion. With orthodontic treatment, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth.

Fixed speech. Did you know that the alignment of your teeth can contribute to the way you speak? When your teeth are out of line, it can affect your speaking. Braces can realign teeth and you can end up with a much clearer speech pattern.

Easier digestion. Straightening your teeth can improve the way you digest. If teeth are misaligned, they may not be breaking down food as effectively as they should. Having straight teeth allows for optimal alignment for chewing food.

If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment, be sure to contact our Palos Hills orthodontist.