Braces do an excellent job of straightening your teeth, but did you know that they also help improve your oral health? No matter which type of braces you choose, you enjoy the advantages that straight teeth and a properly aligned bite offer. The dental professionals at Mississauga Dental Arts explain how braces will help improve your oral health.
When teeth overlap, it's impossible to remove plaque from every nook and cranny with a toothbrush or dental floss. The bacteria in plaque will eventually start to eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities. Plaque becomes a hard substance called tartar if it remains on your teeth long enough. When tartar forms at the gum line, you can develop a periodontal infection that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Braces help you prevent these very avoidable problems.
Less head, neck and jaw pain
Misaligned teeth tend to become worn down over time. Eventually, wear can lead to temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), a painful condition affects your jaw. Misalignments can also contribute to headaches, neck and pain, and may result in broken or chipped teeth due to the constant stress on the teeth. You may even develop digestive problems due to your dental issues. When your upper and lower teeth don't meet when you take a bite of food, it can be difficult to chew food thoroughly.
Increased risk of injury
If your teeth stick out or overlap, they're more likely to be injured if you experience a blow to the face. An accidental hit from a football or a fall down the stairs can result in broken or chipped teeth, which can be costly to repair. If a blow is severe enough, you may even lose the tooth.
Safeguard your oral health with braces. Call the dentists at Mississauga Dental Arts at (905) 286-1569 and schedule a consultation to learn how braces can straighten your teeth and improve your smile. It's never too late to enjoy the benefits of straight teeth!