Benefits of Orthodontics
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontics, improper alignment of the teeth (or malocclusions), can result in a variety of problems. Orthodontics is not meerly for improving the aesthetics of the smile, it improves the relationship of the teeth in the upper and lower jaws and how they fit together. Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions can affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile. It can cause pain, headache, early tooth loss, sleep apnea and digestive disorders. Improper alignment can lead to poor oral hygiene which can lead to bacteria in the bloodstream and affect other organs, the heart specifically. Protruding front teeth are more susceptible to accidental fracture. Cross bites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth abrasion. Open bites can result in tongue thrusting and speech impediments. There are many more benefits to proper alignment of the teeth and jaws. Ultimately, Orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile - it creates a healthier you!