Benefits of Treatment

There are three main reasons that people seek orthodontic treatment:

1. Appearance

Orthodontic treatment can have a dramatic impact on facial and smile appearance. The positive changes created by orthodontic treatment can have profound effect on one’s self-esteem and quality of life.

2. Oral Health

Orthodontic treatment can improve oral health. Straight teeth are easier to clean. Orthodontic treatment can help prevent hygiene related problems, such as cavities and gum disease. Secondly, bite correction can help to prevent ongoing damage to the teeth and gums. For example, correction of severe protrusion of the front teeth makes a person less vulnerable to a fracture injury. Correction of certain bites can help prevent uneven and excessive wear and/or limit gum recession problems.

3. Oral Function

Orthodontic treatment can improve bite function. Certain bite problems can cause difficulty with chewing, difficulty with articulation of certain speech sounds, and difficulty with cheek and lip biting. A poor bite may also trigger clenching and grinding, which can in turn result in excess tooth wear and may contribute to problems with the jaw joints (TMJ). Orthodontic treatment can help to alleviate these problems.

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