Find out why getting braces now could improve your oral health for the future.
Has one of our Waunakee, WI, dentists, Drs. Matt and Stan Karls, recently told you that you could benefit from braces or Invisalign? These orthodontic methods are able to fix a host of alignment issues, from crooked, protruding teeth to crowding and uneven spacing. Of course, besides getting a straighter smile, these treatments also offer health benefits, as well, including:
Teeth that are Easier to Clean
Maintaining good oral health is important, and one of the best ways to do that is to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Of course, if teeth are crooked or misaligned, this makes it harder to clean teeth, thus leading to problems such as decay. By straightening your smile, you can make it easier to clean all surfaces of your teeth and reduce your risk for cavities.
Additionally, we know that it can sometimes be more time-consuming to clean teeth while wearing braces; however, older teens and adults who are good candidates for Invisalign will be able to simply remove their aligners to perform their oral care routine.
Preventing Damage to Teeth
Having misaligned teeth and jaws means that pressure isn’t equally being placed on all teeth. Some teeth will take on more jaw force and pressure than others, which over time, can lead to excessive wear-and-tear, cracks, and chips. By getting a straighter smile, you can fix your bite, and reduce your risk of damage caused by a misaligned smile.
Make Eating Easier
Even minor misalignments and crooked teeth can make chewing more difficult. While you might not notice it at first, trouble chewing equates to swallowing larger bits of food, which can lead to digestive issues.
Protect Against Jaw Disorders
TMJ disorder can lead to persistent jaw pain and stiffness, as well as popping and clicking when opening or closing the jaws. This pain can make it difficult to talk or even chew food. TMJ disorders are more likely to develop in those who have misaligned jaws, and orthodontic treatment can realign the teeth/jaws and reduce TMJ-causing strain.
Are you ready to find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you? Call Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, today at (608) 849-4100 to see if you qualify for either traditional braces or Invisalign treatment.