Five Health Benefits of Straight Teeth
At Feil Orthodontics, we hear from people every day concerned about the appearance of their smiles. However, more damage can lie below the surface of a crooked smile than misaligned teeth. Poor tooth alignment and oral malocclusions can cause other issues with your health that can impact your life. Thankfully, orthodontic treatment can move your teeth into alignment and give you results you’ll love.
Orthodontic treatment can help correct oral issues, including crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites. Although the most obvious benefit of treatment is a beautifully straight smile, there are many lesser-known advantages to adult braces in our office. We’ll explore some of these below, so keep reading to learn more!
Improved Chewing & Digestion
It can be difficult to bite and chew your food effectively when your teeth and jaws are out of alignment. If left untreated over time, poor alignment can contribute to excessive wear and tear on your teeth and may weaken the muscles of the jaws. This can cause painful chewing, which has the potential to exacerbate any issues you’re already having.
You may be surprised to find there’s a connection between your stomach and your smile, but it’s an important one. Your teeth are a crucial component of the digestive process, and chewing your food is the first step.
Your whole digestive system can suffer if you can’t chew properly because of misaligned teeth. When your teeth can’t properly break down food, it will pass through the digestive system much more slowly.
A Smile That Lasts for Life
Your teeth deal with a lot of pressure between biting and chewing. If your teeth aren’t correctly aligned, they’ll be impacted differently than a straight smile. Bite issues put excessive stress on sensitive areas, causing premature wear and tear on the teeth.
Over time, this pressure can lead to chipping, notching at the gum line, flattening of the biting surfaces, and cracks along your teeth. This damage is often unsightly, but it can also require expensive dental treatments.
The results of orthodontic treatment are long-lasting, especially with the proper maintenance. If you take the time to care for your teeth and orthodontic appliance and wear a retainer as directed by Dr. Feil, your newly-straightened smile will last a lifetime.
Improved Jaw Function
A bad bite doesn’t just affect your teeth—your jaw joint can also pay the price! The hinged temporomandibular joints connect the jaw to your skull close to your ears. When these joints and muscles have excessive strain from misaligned teeth, you can deal with jaw pain, dizziness, earaches, ear ringing, and headaches.
Orthodontic treatment will align your teeth, relieve you from the painful symptoms of TMD, and help you get your life back.
Improved Oral Health
Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining oral health, but when your teeth are crooked or crowded, they can be difficult to clean. This can cause a build-up of plaque and bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, cavities, and gingivitis.
While these are common dental ailments, they’re also preventable! Orthodontic treatment at Feil Orthodontics can move the teeth into better positions, making it much easier to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine.
The alignment of your teeth and jaws can affect your speech. Misaligned teeth can influence the placement of the tip of the tongue, which is essential to properly form certain sounds, including ‘t,’ ‘n,’ and ‘d.’
As an experienced orthodontist, Dr. Feil can identify speech issues related to misaligned teeth. He’ll also assess the severity of these issues and create an effective treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals.
Transform Your Smile with Metal Braces
Metal braces are one of the most recognizable symbols of orthodontics and the most common type of treatment. The brackets are made of a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other high-quality metals, making them durable and long-lasting.
Modern metal braces are much more comfortable and lighter than they used to be, and they’re also customizable, thanks to a variety of fun colored bands to choose from! These braces deliver excellent results and are especially useful in cases that are more severe or complicated.
Since they don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do, metal braces also tend to be a slightly more affordable option. The overall strength, durability, and cost-effectiveness of traditional braces keep them the top treatment for orthodontics, year after year.
Improve Your Smile & Oral Health with Feil Orthodontics
Feil Orthodontics is proud to offer patients of all ages the full package: expert care, clear communication, a rewarding orthodontic experience, and exceptional results. If you’d like to learn more about how an aligned bite can benefit your overall health, contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation with our office.