A Silver Lining for Your Smile

Does your smile light up the room? If not, you may want to consider adding a silver lining to your smile. This article discusses the benefits of orthodontics, more commonly known as braces!

 Why Braces are Important

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of braces. However, it is important to consider some of the other benefits of orthodontics.

 Improved Oral Health

Straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums. Straight teeth decrease your chances of tooth decay and cavities. The gums are healthier, too, and therefore you are less likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease. Not only will you have a great smile, you will keep your beautiful smile!

 Enhanced Self-Esteem

An attractive smile is a wonderful asset. It contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image. These are important qualities at every age. A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence. A person’s self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment brings everything into proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success. It may also improve a person’s general attitude toward life. Behind every smile is a unique and important individual.

 Comfortable Bite

Along with the straight teeth comes an improved and comfortable bite. Various bite problems can cause excessive wear of your teeth and possible jaw joint problems. The American Association of Orthodontists explains, “Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew, and speak.”

How Braces Work

When your orthodontist attaches the brackets, archwire (the silver lining) and other orthodontic material in your mouth, he/she is beginning to build your new smile. Since the brackets are affixed to your teeth, the teeth move gradually when the archwire puts pressure on the brackets. The archwire is very important, since your teeth will eventually follow the shape of the archwire. When braces put pressure on your teeth, your teeth are actually getting loosened and repositioned where they should be. Once they’re in the right spots, the braces hold them there as bone tissue in your jaw grows back in so your new smile will stay in place. Technically, this is a biomechanical process called bone remodeling. It is pretty serious stuff!

Clear Removable Braces

Clear, removable aligner systems are ideal for adults or teens that would prefer to not wear braces. Invisalign doesn’t use wires or metal brackets, but rather uses series of custom clear, removable, aligners that straighten your teeth. This is simply a less noticeable approach to straightening your teeth and experiencing the benefits of a great smile.

Braces for Children

 The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Although treatment may not begin at this young age, an early examination allows your orthodontist to monitor your child’s development. Early detection can significantly reduce removal of permanent teeth. In many cases, positive orthodontic results can be achieved, which would not otherwise be possible once the face and jaw have finished growing.

 Braces For Adults

Braces aren’t just for kids! More and more adults are…(read the rest of the story)

Originally published on Utah Valley Health and Wellness

Written by: Dr. Casey R. Warren

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