Braces can do a lot to correct a crooked smile and give patients extra confidence, but did you know that orthodontics also effect oral health? Orthodontics can correct issues that cause problems with patient comfort, including fix crooked bites that can chip teeth or cause bone and gum disease.
A common misconception is that braces and orthodontics are just for kids. It is often better to intervene with orthodontics early on while the mouth is still growing, but many patients later in life can also benefit from having braces. Whether you have issues that have been ongoing, or recent changes have caused new issues, orthodontics may be the answer for you.
At Shattuck Dentistry & Braces we offer both traditional braces and Invisalign systems. There are benefits to both and our friendly staff can help you decide which best fits your oral health needs and budget. Most patients are good candidates for either. The main benefit of the Invisalign system is aesthetic. The clear appliances allow your orthodontics to blend with the natural color of your teeth so they are much less noticeable than traditional braces. This can be a huge benefit, especially for adult orthodontics patients, who may feel more self-conscious than younger patients.
Most of us have seen the improvement in a person’s smile after braces. What we may not know is the mental confidence and ease this adds to conversation. If you are self-conscious about your smile, imagine never having to think about it again. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Patients with a TMJ disease or other jaw related issues can often change their bite to fall so that it lines up more comfortably with braces. Uneven space between teeth, a contributor to tooth decay, can often be painful and cause unnecessary wear on other teeth. Orthodontics can help with this as well.
Living With Orthodontics
The appliances can be uncomfortable, especially as your mouth acclimates to your braces or trays. Talk to Dr. Burris, Dr. Mueller, or the staff at Shattuck Dentistry & Braces about ways to alleviate this and things you can do to minimize it. We can also offer tips on any changes you may need to make in your diet and oral health regimen.
Orthodontics are temporary appliances used to make lasting changes. So, while there are some challenges, most patients find the benefits far outweigh the temporary inconveniences associated with orthodontics.