Though improving your overall appearance may be a determining factor in choosing orthodontics treatment, properly aligned teeth assist with far more than aesthetics. In fact, a straight smile contributes to a host of aspects of oral health!
A straight smile contributes to positive oral hygiene habits. Straight teeth are easier to clean! Brushing and flossing can be much more effective with a well-aligned smile, as there are fewer nooks and crannies for bacteria to hide.
Being better able to clean your teeth not only helps prevent cavities–it also helps prevent gum disease. Gum disease is dangerous; the advanced stages of gum disease can cause severe damage to tissues that hold your teeth in place.
Another benefit to orthodontic treatment is the improvement of certain existing conditions such as bruxism or TMJ disorder. Clenching and grinding teeth, such as that which occurs during bruxism disorder, can severely damage teeth, and can even cause chronic headaches, back pain, or neck pain. Properly aligned teeth and jaw bones can help reduce symptoms of both TMJ and bruxism.
If your smile isn’t as straight as it could be, consult with your dentist for a personalized treatment plan. To schedule an appointment in Tucson, Arizona, call Friendly Smiles Orthodontics at 520-326-1101. Dr. Ponce and our team look forward to helping you achieve the healthy smile you want!