Medical Benefits of Braces



So many people in our world today have experienced, or are currently experiencing, the benefits of braces. However, many people only know the basic effects of braces, a technique that is used to straighten crooked teeth and provide and individual with a straight and beautiful smile. Many people are unaware of the numerous health benefits that braces can have on an individual.

Why are Braces Necessary?

The goal of braces is to fix crooked teeth, but also to correct poorly aligned bites (how upper and lower teeth fit into each other). If left untreated, a misaligned bite can become painful, causing the jaw to work harder when chewing. The jaw being overworked can result in jaw locking, TMJ disorder, and jaw pain-related headaches, all of which require complicated dental and medical treatment. Having overcrowded teeth or jaw misalignment can also cause some speech impediments.

Benefits of Braces

The good news is that orthodontic treatment can address both jaw and palate alignment that can cause speech impediments. Expanders may be used to widen the palate before braces are applied. Expansions can also result in better breathing, less snoring, and potentially improved ear and sinus problems. Having crooked and crowded teeth can be challenging to clean, as they hide behind each other, which can cause bacteria to build up and lead to gum disease and cavities. There are an abundant amount of benefits that braces can have. If you have any questions or want to consider getting braces, talk to your dental or orthodontic provider to discuss your next steps.