Thousands of kids, teens and adults undergo some form of orthodontic treatment. In fact, over 4 million people in the U.S. wear braces! These treatments are necessary to correct issues with dental positioning and alignment, bad bites, and other issues surrounding the mouth and jaw area.
Despite sometimes getting a bad rep, braces have a long list of positive outcomes for patients. Self-esteem and greater confidence are often seen as the main factors, and while looking our best with a shining smile is a great reason to opt for undergoing treatment, there are plenty of great reasons beyond aesthetic.
Braces work by applying pressure over certain areas of the dental structure, pushing the teeth toward their desired position. This ensures proper alignment as well as an improved bite. This helps alleviate an array of issues, such as poor oral hygiene, grinding and chipping of teeth and injury from protruding teeth.
Long term benefits from orthodontic treatment include reduced risk of cavities and periodontal disease, decrease of speech impairments and a better ability to chew food. All these factors contribute greatly towards oral health.
So if you're still having second thoughts about beginning your orthodontic care, remember it goes far beyond aesthetics. Braces and other methods set the foundation for a lifetime of health, as well as your best smile!