Over seventy percent of people will have braces at some point in their lives to fix many dental issues such as crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth. Braces are one of the most common and most effective ways to fix cosmetic problems and functionality. While many people get braces for a more beautiful smile, they can also be used to fix several complicated issues which is why seeing an orthodontist can be in your best interest.
The Benefits of Braces
Straighter teeth – Not only can crooked teeth be unsightly, but they can also cause problems with speech and chewing. Braces use brackets that are cemented onto your teeth and wires that are threaded through the brackets to help pull teeth into a more desirable location. As these wires are tightened, your teeth will become straighter to fill in gaps or pull crowded teeth apart and back into alignment.
Better oral health – When teeth become crowded or crooked they can cause major oral problems. It is more difficult to clean teeth then they are crowded together because the toothbrush may not be able to reach the entire surface area of your tooth, and it can also be difficult to get floss in between teeth as well, making it easy for plaque to grow and develop into gum disease.
Better functionality – Many people suffer from a misaligned jaw or bite. Braces are often used to fix jaw issues such as over bites, under bites, cross bites, and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). These jaw issues can cause problems chewing, speaking, and can lead to uneven wear of teeth. People with jaw misalignment may also suffer from grinding or clenching their teeth, and regular and severe headaches.
More attractive – One of the most common complaints people have about their teeth are that they aren’t straight which can make them feel self conscious, have low self esteem, and try and hide their smile. Uniform teeth can help give you back your self esteem and you wont ever feel the need to hide your smile again.
Though braces generally take several months to several years to align your teeth the way you want, the sooner you start, the sooner you will have the smile you’ve always wanted. If you live in the Poway, CA area and would like more information on how you can benefit from braces, please contact Dr. Chung and his team today for a consultation!