Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of misaligned teeth, jaws and bite. It can involve many different treatments such as braces, headgear or retainers to move the teeth into improved positions. Orthodontic treatments are most often used in children but can also be used in adults who may have missed out on orthodontic care as a child. Orthodontic treatment is a proactive approach to dental care that offers long-term dental benefits.
By correcting misaligned teeth, jaws and bites, orthodontics helps create a healthier mouth overall and reduces the risk of more serious oral health problems in the future. Orthodontic treatments such as braces, aligners or retainers can help improve facial aesthetics while also promoting better oral hygiene habits which will benefit you in the long run.
Correcting Dental Misalignment
Dental misalignment refers to the improper positioning of teeth, including crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth. It can affect both the appearance and functionality of the smile. Misaligned teeth pose several oral health risks, such as increased difficulty in maintaining proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing may be less effective in reaching all surfaces, leading to plaque accumulation, tooth decay, and gum disease. Moreover, misaligned teeth can cause an uneven distribution of biting forces, resulting in excessive wear and tear on certain teeth and potential jaw joint problems.
The benefits of correcting misaligned teeth include:
- Improved oral hygiene and reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease
- Enhanced bite alignment and reduced strain on jaw joints
- Prevention of dental wear and potential tooth loss
Long-Term Oral Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment not only improves the appearance of your smile but also provides several long-term oral health benefits.
- Proper teeth alignment for easier cleaning and maintenance
Orthodontic treatment aligns the teeth into their optimal positions, creating a straight and harmonious smile. This alignment makes it easier to clean the teeth and maintain proper oral hygiene practices.
With straight teeth, brushing and flossing become more effective as toothbrush bristles and floss can reach all surfaces, including those previously difficult to access with misaligned teeth. Improved oral hygiene reduces the risk of plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease, contributing to long-term dental health.
- Reduced risk of gum problems and periodontal disease
Misaligned teeth can contribute to gum problems and periodontal disease. Crowded or crooked teeth create tight spaces and overlaps where plaque and bacteria can accumulate, leading to gum inflammation and infection.
Orthodontic treatment aligns the teeth, reducing the potential for plaque buildup and making it easier to maintain healthy gums. By improving gum health, orthodontics helps reduce the risk of gum problems, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, promoting long-term oral health.
- Improved jaw function
Orthodontic treatment not only addresses teeth misalignment but can also correct bite issues. A misaligned bite, such as an overbite or underbite, can place excessive stress on the jaw joints, leading to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
By properly aligning the bite, orthodontics helps to distribute biting forces evenly, reducing strain on the jaw joints. This can alleviate TMJ-related discomfort, such as jaw pain, headaches, and clicking or popping sounds. By improving jaw function, orthodontic treatment promotes long-term oral health and overall well-being.
Embracing Orthodontics for a Healthier and Happier Smile
At Proactive Dental Care, our experienced dentists are well-versed in the benefits of orthodontic treatments such as braces, aligners or retainers. We believe that preventive dental care is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy smile for years to come. Our team is dedicated to helping our patients understand the importance of preventative dental care through personalised assessment and treatment plans tailored to meet each individual’s needs.
We understand that orthodontic treatment can be an intimidating prospect. That’s why we strive to provide a comfortable environment where patients feel safe in their decisions about their oral health care. Our team will be with you every step of the way throughout your journey towards a healthier smile—from diagnosis to corrective procedures and subsequent maintenance.
At Proactive Dental Care, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve beautiful smiles that will last them for many years to come. Don’t wait any longer— book today to start your journey towards improved oral health!