Straighter teeth are an obvious advantage of wearing braces, but orthodontic treatment also provides a few benefits you may not have considered. Madera, CA, dentist Dr. Ahmed ElSayed explains how braces improve your oral health.
Orthodontic treatment may decrease your cavity risk
Thorough brushing and flossing helps prevent cavities due to plaque buildup. Unfortunately, removing the bacterial film isn't always so easy if your teeth are crooked and overlap. If toothbrush bristles or floss can't penetrate the tight spaces, plaque will flourish and begin to eat away at your tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. Braces realign your teeth, eliminating overlapping areas that harbor plaque.
Eating is easier when your teeth are aligned
Eating can become a very difficult experience if your teeth don't align properly when you chew. Any type of bite problem, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites, can result in biting and chewing difficulties. If your bite problem is severe, you may find yourself swallowing food whole, which can lead to choking or gastrointestinal issues. Orthodontic treatment in our Madera, CA, office corrects bite issues, making mealtime much more pleasant.
Straightening your teeth can prevent damage to your mouth and teeth
Lacerations, gum erosion, and enamel damage are also consequences of bite problems. When your teeth don't fit together as they should, you may notice cuts or sores in your mouth, or might experience jaw stiffness, neck pain, headaches or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Correcting your bite with braces helps you avoid these painful problems.
Braces may help reduce tooth injuries
Protruding teeth are more likely to be damaged if you experience a blow to the face, fall and strike your mouth or are in a car accident. Even small protrusions can increase the risk of tooth trauma. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need bonding, crowns, or root canal therapy to repair your damaged tooth. If damage is severe, you may even lose a tooth due to trauma. Fortunately, braces not only improve the alignment of your teeth, but also ensure that teeth that stick out are gradually re-positioned.
Would you like to improve your smile with braces? Call Madera, CA, dentist Dr. Ahmed ElSayed at (559) 661-4114 to schedule an appointment.
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