When it comes to orthodontics, straightening your teeth is about much more than just creating that perfectly balanced and aligned smile. It might surprise you to know that braces can correct much more than the look of your teeth.
A Brighter Looking Smile
Crowded, crooked teeth make it very difficult to practice good oral hygiene. It’s hard to properly brush all the surfaces of your teeth, and floss effectively, when teeth are rotated and in close contact with one another. That close contact creates ideal conditions for bacteria and decay to thrive and grow. Not only can braces help prevent cavities and gum disease, but they can help if you’re already suffering from those conditions!
Reduce Your Risk of Dental Damage
When teeth are misaligned, prominent teeth can protrude and be at increased risk of dental injury, chips or breaks. Crooked teeth often affect your natural bite. When your bite is unbalanced, premature wear on your dental enamel can result. A straighter smile minimizes your risk for breakage and uneven wear on your tooth surfaces.
Crooked Teeth Are a Pain
Quite literally! When your natural bite is misaligned, you’re more likely to suffer from muscle tension and migraines. Due to strain placed on oral muscles, discomfort can spread from the jaw, to the neck, and even into the shoulders and back. If you’re suffering from muscle pain or persistent headaches, it just might be your crooked smile causing the trouble.
Better Jaw Alignment
If you suffer from an underbite or an overbite, orthodontics can help correct your anatomy. Not only do orthodontics straighten teeth, but they also help with proper jaw alignment so that you can have a stronger, more efficient bite.
It's Never Too Late
A balanced, straighter smile isn’t just for teens and young adults. Many of our mature Greenville Family Smiles patients enjoy not just the cosmetic benefits, but also the oral health benefits of properly aligned teeth. If you suffer from periodontal disease, it can help minimize your risk for future recurrence. You can even restore the appearance of a healthier, younger-looking smile, especially when combined with other cosmetic treatments, such as teeth whitening.
If you’re ready to enjoy the many benefits that orthodontics can offer, call our Greenville, SC office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldston. Your smile will thank you!