Orthodontics is about so much more than making teeth “straight and pretty.” While braces undoubtedly create beautiful smiles, they can also correct a number of health issues.
If your teeth are crowded, your jaw may be resting in a position that irritates the muscles and nerves. This can manifest itself as headaches, pain in your cheeks or near your ear, or painful clicking and popping when you open and close your mouth. Through orthodontics, your teeth can be moved into a more harmonious position, allowing greater freedom of movement and relief from discomfort.
Crowded teeth also force the tongue to rest closer to the back of the throat and narrow the airway, making it harder to get enough oxygen to your lungs. These circumstances contribute to apnea, a dangerous sleep disorder. Orthodontics creates a wide arch with straight teeth and a broad U-shape, allowing the tongue to sit more forward in the mouth.
We all know that as we age, we start to lose some of the abilities we had when we were younger, such as the dexterity to adequately brush and floss our teeth. Crooked and crowded teeth trap more food and lead to more cavities, as opposed to straight teeth, which are much easier to keep clean. Orthodontics is an investment in a healthier and pain-free future.