When thinking about the word “braces,” you may immediately envision metal wires and brackets. While the traditional method is most often used for children and teenagers, adults often find Invisalign clear aligners to be a more suitable solution. And while it may seem as if their sole purpose is to improve aesthetics, there are numerous health benefits that orthodontics in Lansing can provide. What are they? Read on to find out.
They Can Reduce Your Risk for Gum Disease
If you have crowded teeth, you may be accustomed to the difficulties of brushing and flossing. This is because trying to maneuver in-between teeth is nearly impossible when teeth are situated too closely together. As a result, food and bacteria can become lodged and trapped, making it easier for plaque and tartar to build and cause red, inflamed, and bleeding gums as well as tooth decay. The good news is that traditional braces or Invisalign in Lansing can move your teeth in a way that creates necessary space, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene and keep gum disease from attacking your soft tissue and cavities from forming.
Braces Can Improve Your Bite
Unfortunately, not everyone is born with a perfectly aligned bite. If you are suffering from an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, this can make it more difficult for your teeth to properly fit together. When this happens, you may notice your teeth become worn down and your jaw is more fatigued. By opting for braces to fix your bite problem, they can realign the upper and lower areas of your mouth and reduce jaw tiredness and excessive wear and tear on your teeth.
They Can Prevent Bone Erosion
If you don’t think your jawbone density will suffer as a result of misaligned teeth, guess again. Teeth that do not line up correctly within the mouth can actually cause bone loss to occur. This happens because the difficulties you have in brushing and flossing your teeth will lead to bacteria eating away at your jawbone. But with braces, much like their ability to reduce your risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities, they can also prevent bone erosion by realigning your teeth and giving them the space they need.
They Can Improve Your Speech
When your teeth do not come together as they should, or when you have disproportionate teeth, it can cause a problem with your speech. Your teeth and tongue must function correctly in order to make correct sounds, so if they are not straight, the sounds you make when pronouncing certain words may sound a bit “off.” Fortunately, braces can realign your teeth and make it possible to improve the clarity of your speech and ultimately, boost your confidence level, too.
While these are just some of the health benefits associated with braces, you can speak to your orthodontist in Lansing about what else you can expect when receiving orthodontic treatment.
About the Author
Dr. John Hagerty completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan Dental School. After graduating, he served in the United States Navy as a Lt. Commander and dentist for four years. Moving to Lansing after his time in the service, he opened his practice and has been helping the residents of Lansing for more than 25 years. By creating healthy, beautiful smiles with orthodontics, Dr. Hagerty and his team can provide patients with a new outlook on life and regain the confidence they need to feel good about the way they look. To learn more, contact us via our website or by calling (517) 886-9696.