Braces do more than realign your teeth; they can help improve your oral health.
An even, straight smile is definitely a thing of beauty, but straight teeth aren't just for looks. If your teeth are crooked, gapped, or misaligned, they may be the reason for health problems you never knew you had. Dr. Thomas Kwong of Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI offers a few extra reasons why straightening your teeth with braces can make your life better.
Banishing the Bacteria
When your teeth are too crowded together, the sections where they overlap can create spaces for food to collect after you eat. These crevices often hide the trapped food and, since they can't be reached with a toothbrush or floss, it turns to bacteria-filled plaque. If it hardens into calculus, it can cause major damage to the enamel of the teeth and the gum tissue surrounding them. When the teeth are properly aligned, however, they have an even surface and allow for more thorough cleaning. Dr. Kwong will also be able to detect any problems much more easily when your teeth aren't hidden behind each other.
Righting Your Bite
If the jaw is misaligned, the teeth may also be affected. This can cause people to chew on one side of the mouth more than the other, resulting in extra wear and tear on the teeth on that side. Malocclusion (misaligned jaws) can also cause a condition known as TMJ, which can cause headaches, chewing difficulties, and, in extreme cases, locking of the jaw open or closed. Braces and other orthodontic implements help to gradually guide the jaw into the proper position.
Be Happy, Be Healthy
The psychological effects of a great smile shouldn't be discounted. With your teeth straightened by your Portage orthodontist, you'll likely feel great about your appearance and project that positive attitude onto others. Mental health is an important component in keeping the rest of your body healthy.
Making the decision to get braces means taking steps toward improving your overall health. Make your first step by contacting the team at Kwong Orthodontics in Portage today!