Adults are typically interested in orthodontic treatment because they're unhappy with the appearance of crooked or crowded teeth. It's understandable – lots of studies indicate that feeling confident about your smile boosts self-esteem and helps you create positive first impressions.
Orthodontics and Oral Health
It's true that straightening your teeth will result in a smile that you can feel good about showing off. But you may not realize that orthodontic treatment also offers numerous oral health benefits:
- Reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease: Brushing and flossing can be a challenge when you have misaligned teeth. If teeth are crowded, it can be difficult to get the floss between them, which allows plaque and tartar to build up on your teeth, eventually resulting in decay and periodontal disease.
- Relieves painful teeth grinding: Malocclusion (a misaligned dental bite) distributes chewing force unevenly and puts unnecessary strain on certain teeth, leading to premature wear and dental erosion. A "bad bite" can also contribute to problems with your jaw, including TMJ.
- Stops bone erosion: The position of your teeth affects how much pressure is placed at certain points on your jaw as you speak and chew. This action stimulates the healthy growth of jaw bone, but misaligned teeth put excessive pressure on certain parts of the bone that can cause erosion.
Orthodontics in Temple, TX
As you can see, adult orthodontics offers a lot more than a better-looking smile! You will also have the confidence of knowing that your treatment supports your oral health and results in a healthier smile and fewer dental problems in the long term.
At Temple Dental Trails, we offer many options for adults seeking a straighter, healthier smile. Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are two popular short-term treatment solutions. Dr. Richard Leung is also skilled and experienced in traditional orthodontic treatment for both adults and children.
Please Call to Schedule a Consultation
We would love to help you explore your options for a straighter, healthier smile. Please call us, and we will be happy to arrange a convenient consultation!