Today, more adults are getting braces than ever before, thanks to the modern brace models that are available to them. Addressing the structural issues of your smile can benefit your health and happiness in a number of ways. Let’s take a look at a few examples.
A healthy bite
The be all and end all of orthodontic treatment is to achieve a healthy bite. When your teeth are misaligned, it can interfere with a number of functions, from brush and chewing to speaking. Crooked teeth are always more likely to break when you chew and bite.
Say goodbye to TMJ
A bad bite will set off a chain reaction of pain, including pain in the jaw joints, head, neck and shoulder. A misaligned bite can cause problems with your TMJ (temporomandibular) joint, causing it to fall out of its proper alignment; the muscles and ligaments that hold it in place are damaged through repeated motion. It’s thought that around 15% of adults aged 20-40 have some degree of TMJ disorder.
Orthodontic treatment will realign your bite to be healthy which in turn, protects your jawbone joint and eliminates discomfort and pain overtime. You’ll also notice any clicking and popping sounds caused by TMJ are eliminated.
Have a beautiful smile
Misaligned teeth, especially if the teeth in question make up part of the ‘social six’, can leave you feeling lacking in confidence. Treatments such as Invisalign and Six Month Smiles can correct the aesthetic issues you’re unhappy with, to help you find your desire to smile around others again. As mentioned briefly above, misaligned teeth can interfere with your ability to brush; post-orthodontic treatment, you should be able to keep your teeth whiter, as plaque and tartar will be easier to remove.
Overcrowded and widely spaced teeth make it easier to food particles to linger in your mouth and cause bad breath. This has a the potential to affect your relationships in the workplace (particularly in client and customer-facing environments) and with your friends and family.