There are a number of reasons why a dentist might recommend braces, the main being to straighten a person’s teeth. Many folks tend to think of braces as being for cosmetic purposes, but braces actually correct a host of dental problems, which can all lead to a better smile.
Braces and Their Benefits
If you’ve been told that your child needs braces, or they’ve been recommended to you by your own dentist, you probably have some questions. The sole purpose of orthodontia is to correct dental issues, which can be caused by a number of things. Of course, braces will give wearers a better smile, which is the main goal for many people. They also offer a variety of benefits, some of which may surprise you.
- Improved confidence–a better smile makes people feel more confident. Crooked or bad teeth can be a major source of insecurity. Braces can craft a better smile for the wearer, making them want to smile more. We think that’s a good thing.
- Better oral health–if your teeth are crowded or crooked, bacteria and plaque have more places to lurk. By evening out the teeth, you can prevent long-term damage, tooth decay, and gingivitis.
- Clearer speech–certain dental conditions, especially misaligned teeth, can lead to speech problems. Because the alignment of the jaw might be affected, it can impact the ability to pronounce particular words. Properly aligning the jaw and teeth will rectify the problem.
- Easier cleaning–to put it simply, straight teeth are easier to clean and take proper care of. When teeth are properly aligned and spaced, bacteria do not have the same crevices to hide in, improving the overall health of your mouth.
- Relief from jaw pain–jaw abnormalities caused by crowded teeth, TMJ or other issues that merit the need for braces can lead to jaw pain and discomfort. Correcting the problem with orthodontics can restore the jaw to its natural position, resulting in a better bite and less discomfort for the patient.
- Better digestion–chewing with crooked or improperly angled teeth can lead to digestion woes, stomach upset and other problems. By re-aligning the teeth, we give patients an even bite, meaning that they can chew more easily and swallow less air.
Overall, braces lead to fewer dental complications later in life.
We Are the Leaders in Orthodontic Care in Northeastern PA
At Quinn, Mariotti and Abod Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing the finest orthodontic care to our patients. We have 6 dental offices serving Greater Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Clarks Summit, Carbondale, Kingston, Honesdale, and Dingman’s Ferry.
We fit patients with both traditional braces and Invisalign®. Our doctors also provide a service known as interceptive orthodontics, a procedure which seeks out to perform preventive maintenance early, with the goal of preventing future dental issues and tooth extraction.
If you aren’t sure which one is right for you or your child, we invite you to call us at 570-309-0389 to schedule a complimentary consultation. Drs. Quinn, Mariotti, and Abod are compassionate and highly skilled orthodontists, qualified to determine which treatment is most suited for your needs, to obtain the best possible results from your orthodontic care.
We employ the latest in dental technology to reduce the time of your orthodontic care, as well as improving the precision of braces treatment. It is suggested that your child have their first consultation for orthodontia no later than age 7 to assess any underlying issues or potential dental troubles. By taking a proactive approach, you may be able to stave off the need for full braces or even major dental surgery.
Getting braces doesn’t have to be unpleasant. The orthodontics of today are not your Dad’s braces–the duration of treatment has gotten shorter, and, in many ways, easier. Contact one of our offices today for a consultation. We’ll put you on the path to a better-looking smile.