Posted on June 29, 2022
Orthodontic treatment, such as traditional metal braces, can improve the quality of life for many individuals. According to the Harris Poll, around 25% of respondents avoid smiling because they are self-conscious about their teeth’s appearance. Braces help straighten teeth and improve a person’s smile, while also improving function and preventing health problems. This article will discuss the main problems that orthodontists use braces to treat.
Spacing issues can be a cause of health problems. Spaces between teeth provide areas for bacteria and plaque buildup, which can lead to cavities and other dental issues. Braces treat spacing issues by bringing the teeth closer together. The teeth are simultaneously pulled together and shifted into proper alignment. By closing gaps between the teeth, braces are also making it more difficult for bacteria and plaque to build up, as long as the patient maintains good oral hygiene habits.
Braces can help resolve breathing problems, too. Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea or snoring, are commonly caused by misaligned teeth. This is because the tongue lacks sufficient room to rest properly and blocks the airway. Braces create room for the tongue to rest thereby clearing the airway and allowing for a restful night’s sleep.
Malocclusion can present itself in many ways, including overbites and underbites. Crowded teeth often cause malocclusion, which can cause several problems. Overbites and underbites can cause pain while chewing and are not very aesthetically pleasing. Incorrect bite alignment also overstresses some of the teeth in the mouth and can lead to premature degradation. Braces help to correct the look, function, and longevity of an individual’s teeth.
Braces are an extremely effective treatment that can improve the quality of life for any individual with orthodontic issues. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, turn to the experts at Smileyville Braces. We treat both children and adults with misalignment, breathing issues, malocclusion, and more! Contact us today for more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation.