Posted on March 12, 2021
When we think about visiting orthodontists, the main thought that comes up in people’s minds is braces. Whether it is the brightly colored brackets of traditional metal braces or their plastic Invisalign equivalents, the result is the same. Specifically, it’s getting braces installed on your teeth so that you have a perky, white smile that you can be proud of.
What is an afterthought (or otherwise) in many people’s minds is the myriad of other benefits that braces can give to people. From a health perspective, having straight teeth that are aligned and orderly does more than just look good on a picture. Braces help to not only fix crooked teeth or gaps that are present but make it so that you radiate confidence and get the myriad of other benefits that come from such advanced orthodontic technology.
In this brief article, we’ll discuss how no matter whether you choose invisible braces or traditional metal ones, the benefits you get are not just straight teeth. From helping to fix misaligned jaws to boosting self-esteem, braces really are more than just a cosmetic procedure. For many patients, the myriad of benefits that come from braces may even dwarf having improved teeth.
Many patients see an orthodontist about braces when they are an adult and their teeth are already fully formed in order to fix problems. But if you take your child to see an orthodontist for a consultation (on the recommendation of a dentist or other professional), you may be able to fix problems with braces before they even occur. In fact, it is best for an orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by this time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated.
Having teeth that are nice and aligned doesn’t just look great, it can help alleviate a lot of pain that people experience on a day-to-day basis. When the jaw doesn’t line up correctly, people can develop overbites or underbites that end up causing them a whole host of problems. The teeth can tear into the gums and cause sores or blisters, or chewing can become exaggerated so that it literally hurts to eat. At its worst, the jaw not aligning can cause TMJ and patients may feel the jaw “popping” in and out of its socket while they try to get a handle on getting down a simple meal. Braces can fix this and end suffering for many people.
Any dentist will tell you that plaque and tartar eventually cause periodontal disease that can cause more serious issues down the road. But where does plaque and tartar love to hide? In the crevices of teeth where they can’t be cleaned! In fact, having teeth that do not have to be corrected by braces is gum disease and plaque’s best situation for thriving. By correcting teeth with braces so that they are nice and straight, patients can finally have amazing oral hygiene habits and scrub every nook and cranny.
Perhaps one of the most under-reported effects of braces is not an effect that it has upon the body, but the mind. The boosts in confidence and self-esteem that many patients report are truly off the charts, with some even saying that it is the best benefit that braces have provided. With an improved smile and corrected teeth comes self-esteem and confidence, which may open doors to places that the patient never even dreamed of. From new relationships to job opportunities, it truly can be hard to measure the effect that this has on people.
We hope that this brief article has shown you that braces provide MANY more benefits to patients than simply straightening their teeth. From helping to achieving better oral hygiene to boosting self-esteem and personal confidence, braces really are a comprehensive package that can help people in so many ways. Make sure to book a free consultation with your local orthodontist at Bridge City Braces to learn more.