The Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

By Heritage Hunt Dental
February 24, 2020
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Getting braces now could give you a healthier smile for the future.

We already know that getting braces can give you a perfectly straight smile, but the benefits don’t just stop with a new and improved appearance. Turning to our Gainesville, VA, dentist Dr. Chris Houser for orthodontic treatment can also offer you these other amazing health benefits!

Improve Your Oral Health

Teeth that are misaligned or crooked will deal with more plaque buildup than straight teeth, which can eventually lead to cavities and gum disease; however, crooked teeth are also more difficult to keep clean. Therefore, by getting orthodontic treatment and achieving a straighter smile you can also reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease, while also making it easier to keep your teeth clean.

Make Chewing Easier

If you are dealing with malocclusions (“bad bites”) such as an overbite or underbite this means that the jaws aren’t properly aligned. This is certainly something that our Gainesville, VA, family dentist can address with orthodontic treatment. By getting a straighter smile we can realign the jaws, making it easier to eat any foods you want.

Improve Your Gut Health

Being able to chew food effectively also means that you’ll enjoy better digestion. Since crooked teeth make it more challenging to chew food properly your stomach may have a more difficult time trying to break up such big pieces of food. Therefore, you may just find that getting braces actually makes your digestive tract happier, too.

Prevent Cracked or Fractured Teeth

When teeth don’t fit together when you bite down this means that certain teeth are taking on more pressure and force than other teeth. Over time, this can cause excessive wear and tear on teeth, which can lead to chips, cracks, and broken teeth. By straightening your smile now you could prevent dental damage in the future.

Prevent or Treat TMJ Disorder and Jaw Pain

Again, jaws that aren’t in proper alignment are also more likely to deal with jaw pain and stiffness caused by a TMJ disorder. By fixing your crooked smile you can prevent jaw-related dysfunction and pain, and if you already have TMJ disorder you may discover that your symptoms lessen or completely disappear after treatment.

Want to discuss which orthodontic treatment options are right for you or your child? Our Gainesville, VA, family dentist would be happy to sit down with you and determine the right type of braces for you. Call Heritage Hunt Dental today at (703) 754-5800.

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