Orthodontic treatment can be painful, is it worth the work? Yes!

Prioritizing your smile will only benefit your health. A beautiful, healthy smile is a vital part of your physical health.

Orthodontic treatment is a common rite of passage for youth, but today even more adults are discovering the power of a straighter smile. Why should you care about whether your smile is straighter or not?

Orthodontic treatment is about much more than cosmetics. While the most obvious benefit of having orthodontic treatment is a straighter, more beautiful smile, there are many other benefits as well.

Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, making it much easier to keep decay and gum disease at bay. If your teeth are too crowded or misaligned, it can be hard to properly brush and floss. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Once your teeth are straightened, it’s easier to clean the entire surface of the tooth and much easier to slide the floss in between to clean those hard-to-reach areas.

Orthodontic treatment can also improve your speech. Your teeth play an important role in your speech because your tongue has to come into contact with your teeth in order to create certain sounds. Crowded and misaligned teeth can be a source of speech issues, but braces or clear aligners can help.

Straighter teeth are better for chewing. Some malocclusions make it difficult to bite into foods, while others make it hard to chew properly. Correcting your bite can help you chew your foods properly and lead to better digestion.

If you suffer from headaches, neck pain, or jaw pain, it may be due to a malocclusion. Bad bites put undue stress on your jaw, which can create pain throughout your face, head, and neck. Straightening your smile can help alleviate this stress and reduce your pain.

Misaligned teeth are more prone to chipping, cracking, and breaking. That’s due to the abnormal pressure being placed, as well as teeth that may protrude. The everyday pressure placed when you bite and chew is a lot, but when your teeth are out of alignment, that pressure isn’t distributed evenly. That can lead to teeth chipping, cracking, or even breaking. And if you have teeth that protrude, you may be more likely to suffer injury, especially if you play sports.

One of the best benefits of straighter teeth is increased confidence. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed. Orthodontic treatment can create the smile of your dreams, helping you greet the world confidently.