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By KWONG ORTHODONTICS
February 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  

You could actually prevent certain dental problems just by getting orthodontics.

There are so many reasons your Portage, MI orthodontist, Dr. Thomas Kwong, may recommend orthodontic treatment. Some of the most common reasons include:Braces

  • To correct certain malocclusions (bad bites) such as an overbite or underbite
  • Crooked teeth or teeth that stick out
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crowded teeth or spaces between teeth
  • Jaws that do not line up properly

While you already know that braces can improve your smile’s aesthetics, did you know that they could also improve your oral health? That’s right! Getting braces could actually reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease and prevent problems that could result in tooth loss.

An abnormal bite can put too much pressure on certain teeth, which may cause excessive wear on healthy tooth enamel. Over time, this wear and tear on your teeth may result in cracked or fractured teeth. Before your tooth needs a dental crown, maybe it’s time you considered getting braces in Portage.

Also, an abnormal bite can affect speaking or chewing. If you find that your misaligned smile is making it difficult to eat all the foods you would like, you may also be missing out on some nutrients that you need. Before this takes a toll on your health it’s time to weigh the pros and cons of braces.

Also, crooked teeth or overlapping teeth make it difficult to thoroughly brush in all those nooks and crannies, which can result in leaving food and plaque behind. Over time plaque turns to tartar, which your toothbrush won’t be able to remove (only your Portage dentist will be able to with a thorough dental cleaning). If tartar isn’t removed, this can result in gum disease and cavities. Before this happens, it’s time to consider whether braces are right for you.

With all the advancements in dental technology, you now have more options than ever to get a straighter smile. Traditional braces are a great way to fix even the most complex dental issues, but there are also porcelain braces that boast tooth-colored wires and brackets and nearly invisible braces like Invisalign that teens and adults can benefit from.

You’ll never know if braces are right for you unless you come into our Portage, MI orthodontic office for a consultation. Let Kwong Orthodontics straighten out your smile once and for all.