The Benefits Of Orthodontics: A Guide To Getting The Perfect Smile  

The Benefits Of Orthodontics: A Guide To Getting The Perfect Smile

Orthodontics is a specialized dentistry practice that focuses on correcting mispositioned teeth and bite patterns. Poor or abnormal alignment of teeth is quite common. Around 50% of the population will have teeth position or bite issues considered severe enough to warrant corrective treatment. While orthodontics is often used to straighten your smile and improve your bite, it can also improve or modify fascia growth.

What Is the Best Age for Orthodontic Treatment?

Most often, orthodontic treatments are performed in childhood. This is often the best age as it will address issues caused by improper alignment before they can lead to more significant issues. Though treatment used to be mainly done in childhood, it is becoming more common in adults and can still be a very effective treatment option for older patients, especially those with moderate alignment problems.

What Are the Most Common Types of Orthodontic Treatment?

There are various types of orthodontic treatments, and the best option will depend on the severity of your condition and what issues need to be fixed during treatment. The most common types of orthodontic treatments include:

  • Retainers: These appliances can be inserted and removed when needed and are often used to maintain the straightening process after another form of treatment has been completed.
  • Braces: Braces used to be one of the most common types of orthodontic treatment and are still among the most popular choices for younger children. Braces can be metal or ceramic and are now often available in various colors. Braces are also commonly used in adults with severe positioning issues.
  • Clear Aligners: Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are extremely popular with adults looking to straighten their teeth and improve their smiles. They can be removed and are a great way to straighten teeth discreetly. The treatment involves a series of clear aligners designed to fit your mouth at different stages, gently forcing your teeth into the correct position.

When Orthodontic Treatment May Be Needed

Whether or not you need orthodontic treatment will depend on what type of dental issues you have and how severe they are. If used for cosmetic purposes to improve your smile, orthodontic treatment may be a good option if you have crooked teeth, gaps, crowding, or a severe under or overbite. Other reasons you may want to consider orthodontic treatment include jaw problems from crowding, speech issues, or uneven wear.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Whether you are pursuing orthodontic treatment for dental issues or cosmetic improvement, many benefits can come from treatment.

Improved Teeth Function

Crowded and crooked teeth can lead to problems with the function of your teeth. You may have difficulty chewing or biting down properly, leading to muscle pain and other issues. With orthodontics, your teeth will be gently moved into the correct position to function as they should.

A More Confident Smile

One of the most apparent benefits of orthodontics is a beautiful, straight smile. A more confident smile can lead to higher self-esteem and improved feelings about your appearance. Orthodontics will not only improve your smile by straightening your teeth but will help fill out your mouth and jaw properly, sometimes resulting in a more youthful appearance on the face.

Alleviation of Certain Medical Conditions

Other health conditions, aside from dental issues, can occur when you have problems with crooked teeth, crowding, or other orthodontic concerns. With orthodontic treatment, you may lessen the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. TMJ and TMD symptoms can also be alleviated, reducing pain. If you suffer from headaches from improper bites or teeth grinding, an orthodontic procedure can help you as well.

Speech Improvement

If you have a significant overbite or underbite, crowding of the teeth, or gaps, your speech may be affected. Once your teeth are straightened through an orthodontic process, your speech may become clearer, and lisps can be minimized.

Reduced Dental Wear and Tear

Crowding and bite problems can also lead to teeth grinding, both consciously and unconsciously. Repeated grinding wears down your teeth, leading to enamel damage and rough edges on your teeth. When your teeth are moved into a better position, your bite will be more natural, and you will have less damage to your teeth through normal functions such as eating.

Improved Gum Health

When your teeth are in the proper place, it will be easier to keep your gums clean and free of debris. This will make dental hygiene easier and also improve the health of your teeth, roots, and gums by ensuring they are properly maintained.

If you are ready to enjoy a confident and healthy smile, our team at Hassey Do Duy Dental Associates is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and determine if orthodontic treatment is the best option to improve your smile.


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