Adults who are interested in orthodontic treatment are usually most concerned about the appearance of crooked, crowded, or unevenly spaced teeth. It makes sense that everyone wants to look their best, especially when our smiles are so prominently on display on social media and Zoom calls with colleagues and friends.
Orthodontics and Oral Health
Whether you choose Invisalign clear aligners or traditional orthodontic treatment in Aurora, you can count on a more attractive, symmetrical smile. But did you know that straightening your teeth can also help improve your oral health?
If you're on the fence about committing to orthodontic treatment, consider all these oral health benefits:
- Reduces risk of cavities and gum disease: Teeth that are packed tightly together can be difficult or impossible to clean thoroughly, which allows plaque and tartar to build up. Unless you're conscientious with at-home oral hygiene and routine teeth cleanings with a hygienist, you are at increased risk for developing cavities and gum disease.
- Relieves painful teeth grinding: Amisaligned dental bite (malocclusion) shifts chewing force to compensate for the misalignment and places additional stress on certain teeth. This force leads to dental erosion and worn teeth, and a "bad bite" also contributes to jaw joint or TMJ problems.
- Prevents bone erosion: How your teeth are positioned determines the amount of pressure placed at certain points along your jaw as you speak and chew. These actions stimulate healthy jawbone growth, but crooked teeth place excessive pressure and cause erosion on parts of the bone.
Orthodontics for All Ages in Aurora, CO
As you can see, orthodontic treatment not only gives you a more attractive smile but also does a lot to help you maintain excellent oral health. Straighter teeth support better oral health and fewer dental problems in the long term.
At Baller Dental & Orthodontics at Southlands, Dr. Holly Baller is an experienced dentist who offers Invisalign clear braces and traditional orthodontics for adults and children in Aurora, CO. She also offers Myobrace treatment and airway orthodontics to help treat sleep apnea.
If you have been weighing the pros and cons of orthodontic treatment and need some answers, please call us to schedule an appointment.