Many people think that the main advantage of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile. While this is a big bonus and a good reason to straighten crooked and misaligned teeth, it is not the only benefit. If your teeth and jaw are not functioning properly, you can develop health problems in other parts of your body. This is why the advantages of orthodontic treatment aren’t just cosmetic.
When teeth are crooked or crowded, it may be difficult to clean them correctly every day. This may gradually lead to plaque buildup, tartar, tooth decay and gum disease, all of which can lead to tooth loss. If chewing is not proper, it can lead to digestion problems and lack of good nutrition. A misaligned jaw can also result in abnormal wear and tear of tooth enamel and speech impairments. When there is extra strain on the jawbone and gum tissue, jaw joint pain, headaches and face or neck pain may develop.
These health issues may be avoided if proper orthodontic care is taken. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, children should first visit an orthodontist by the age of seven. Our orthodontist is trained to see how the adult teeth are positioned to grow in and help avoid any major issues in the future. However, you can get orthodontic treatment at any age, and if you didn’t get it as a child, do not hesitate to get your teeth fixed as an adult.
Orthodontic treatment has changed over the last few decades with advancements in technology that help make wearing braces easier. You can get traditional metal braces that are smaller and more effective than earlier models as well as clear and tooth-colored braces that are discreet.
Orthodontic treatment can also correct the following:
• Overcrowding or teeth erupting in the wrong place
• Missing teeth from heredity, injury or tooth decay
• Breathing and swallowing problems may cause snoring and sleep apnea
• Protruding upper teeth from heredity or thumb sucking
• Poorly spaced teeth
• Protruding lower teeth
When you consult Dr. Pack, your teeth may be examined and certain tests performed to diagnose your orthodontic issues. A treatment may be recommended that specifically addresses your dental issues. This will include the type of treatment needed and your options so you can pick your personal preference. Teenagers often like traditional metal braces with colorful wires and elastic bands. Adults may prefer more discreet braces such as ceramic braces. The type of treatment you receive will all come down to your specific needs and desires.
Your dental health is a very important part of your overall health as well as your appearance. When your teeth are straight, you may have more confidence in general, but it will especially shine through when you smile. Patients of any age can reap the benefits of orthodontic treatment. If you are looking for a qualified, experienced orthodontist in Murfreesboro, Dr. Pack at Pack Orthodontics can help. Contact us today at either of our offices in Murfreesboro or Shelbyville to schedule your consultation and get started.