If you are an adult who’s thinking about orthodontic treatment, your primary goal is probably a more attractive, symmetrical smile. You may have put off fixing crooked teeth through the years because you didn’t want to go through years of uncomfortable treatment; or, your teeth may have relapsed because you didn’t wear your retainer after previous orthodontic treatment.
Improve Your Smile and Your Oral Health
In either case, your focus is probably on correcting your appearance, so you may be surprised to learn that even short-term adult braces also offer oral health benefits. Here are three examples of the ways orthodontics help maintain good oral health:
Minimize the risk of decay and periodontal disease – It’s hard to clean between teeth that are crooked or crowded. If your teeth are so close together that you can’t slide floss between them, you aren’t getting your teeth as clean as they need to be. Over time, plaque and tartar buildup in these crevices, putting you at higher risk for cavities and gum disease.
Prevent damaging teeth grinding – Occlusion is the way your upper and lower teeth meet when you close your jaw. Misaligned teeth are often the result of malocclusion, meaning that you are not biting down evenly on both sides of your mouth. This leads to destructive teeth grinding (bruxism) that can erode your teeth and lead to other oral health problems.
Prevent bone erosion – When your teeth are aligned correctly, the action of chewing and speaking stimulate the healthy growth of bone in your jaw. Misaligned teeth distribute force unevenly, placing pressure on certain parts of the bone and lead to bone erosion.
Please Call Us to Arrange a Consultation
If your looking for orthodontics in the 85749 area, look no further than Sabino Hills Dentistry.
Dr. Michael Allen is trained to improve smiles with Invisalign, PowerProx, Inman Aligners, and traditional orthodontic treatment. Please call us, and a helpful member of our team will be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Allen to discuss your needs and find the perfect solution for you.