Believe it or not, braces have been around for almost 300 years. French dentist, Pierre Fauchard, is credited with having invented them roughly 50 years before the United States was establishing its independence. In a world where things change so much, so fast — especially in terms of medical advancements — one has to wonder what kind of magical powers braces have to demonstrate such staying power.
Well, wonder no more. In today’s blog from Love To Smile, we will take a look at the incredible benefits of braces that have made them such a successful installment in the orthodontics toolbox even as new, discreet options such as Invisalign® clear braces have emerged.
To learn about six of the most significant benefits of braces, continue reading the blog below. If you are ready to talk with one of our orthodontists about whether or not braces are right for you or your child — or if now is the right time — then get in touch with our team today, and schedule a consultation in Overland Park, Peculiar, or Lenexa.
When you have overlapping or crowded teeth, braces can provide the pathway to significantly easier cleaning of the hard to reach places that exist, but shouldn’t. Tight spaces, offset profiles, and large, irregular gaps can make effective teeth cleaning challenging even for a dedicated, determined brusher or flosser.
However, once your teeth have been corrected with braces, cleaning your teeth will be a completely different experience — one that will allow you to optimize your dental care routine.
Better Dental Health
As mentioned above, straightened teeth — and even teeth in the process of orthodontic correction — are easier to clean, and as such, they have a much larger propensity for being healthy.
When you can clean your teeth properly, you can reduce the chances that you will be impacted by deteriorating dental health and the medical conditions that come with it, requiring time spent in the dentist’s chair. These conditions can include tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and gingivitis. Less time in the dentist chair translates to less money spent over time.
Corrected Jaw Issues
Sometimes, crowded, crooked, or overlapping teeth aren’t the problem, or, they’re not the root of the problem. Misalignments of the jaw can be responsible for many of the orthodontic challenges that patients face.
A poorly aligned jaw, as in the case of an overbite, underbite, or crossbite can lead to more problems than those you experience with your teeth. They can also cause your jaw muscles to work in a way that causes pain, unnecessary wear on your teeth, and other problems as well.
Taking care of correcting your teeth and/or jaw alignment can allow for a more comfortable day to day experience.
Reduced Chances Of Injury
Teeth that are not properly aligned provide a significantly increased chance of injuring yourself.
Teeth that point inward are much more likely to cause you to bite your tongue more frequently — an agonizing and frustrating occurrence for anyone.
Teeth that jut outward are much more likely to cause damage or irritation to your lips, especially for kids and adults who are involved in active lifestyles or sports.
Once your teeth are corrected orthodontically and properly aligned, these types of injuries will largely be things of the past, becoming far and few between.
A Smile That You Love
This one is one of our personal favorites because, at Love to Smile, there is little more we take pleasure in than seeing our patients fall in love with their new smile. It’s a huge part of why we do what we do.
When you get braces to help correct your teeth, you can make the very most of your smile — something that shouldn’t be underrated. When you love your smile, you’ll also love family photos, selfies, Instagram, and life in general even more.
Why will you love these things more? The answer is simple. When you utilize braces to help give you the best smile you can have, you’ll feel much more confident than you have before.
For many of our patients who are starting their braces treatment, the thought of a stunning smile they can be proud of is one of the best things they can imagine. So, it’s no wonder that they exude confidence when the corrective work of braces is complete.
Other Things To Know About Braces
If you’re considering braces to help with correcting your teeth and smile, then here are a few more things you may want to know.
- Adults and children over the age of six years can all be good candidates for braces. The single most common limiting factor is weak teeth and gums. If this is the case, your dentist or orthodontist will let you know and discuss other options with you.
- Treatment for braces varies greatly depending on how serious the issue is, but generally speaking, braces treatments average from roughly 18 – 24 months.
- Braces technology has come a long way in the last 10 – 20 years. They are more comfortable, more accurate, and generally work a bit faster than they did previously. Don’t let your preconceived notions about braces stop you from asking questions to your orthodontist.
Schedule An Orthodontic Consultation For Your Child Or Yourself Today
If you or your child are in need of corrective orthodontics, then now is a great time to start getting your questions answered, getting estimates for treatment, and planning how it works into your budget and needs.
At Love To Smile, we’re committed to making sure that our patients have all of the information they need to be confident in the decision that they make. Contact us today with your questions or to make an appointment to determine if traditional braces are the right choice for you or your child today, and take the first step toward a new smile that you will love.