Are you wondering whether your smile could benefit from getting braces?
Are you dealing with crooked, crowded teeth? Do you have gaps between your teeth? If you said yes then perhaps you are considering the pros and cons of getting orthodontic treatment to fix your smile. Our Mount Pleasant, SC, family dentist, Dr. Cynthia Garner, is here to tell you about the benefits of getting orthodontics.
The first and most obvious benefit is that braces will improve the look of your smile. You’ll no longer deal with crooked teeth, teeth that overlap or crowd each other, or little gaps between teeth. And with a straighter and more beautiful smile comes the obvious boost to your self-esteem. Imagine feeling so confident in your appearance that you can’t help but smile all the time? Now isn’t that a great feeling?
Of course, you may not realize the other benefits that braces can offer. Smiles that are misaligned, twisted, crowded or have gaps between them are often more prone to decay, gum disease and injury. Why? For many reasons, actually.
For example, say you have two front teeth that overlap one another. Now imagine how difficult it is to try and brush all surfaces of those teeth and keep them clean when they are crowding each other. You won’t be able to get into those tight spaces to thoroughly remove plaque, which over time can lead to cavities. Having a crooked or misaligned smile can actually put you at a higher risk for cavities or gum disease.
Plus, misaligned smiles also do not distribute pressure evenly throughout your teeth. This means that whenever you are chewing, biting down or speaking, certain teeth are taking on more jaw forces than others. Over time, this uneven pressure can wear away at certain teeth, making them prone to cracks, chips and even fractures; however, getting a perfectly aligned smile through braces will reduce this risk.
What are the different types of braces?
Tried-and-true metal braces, which can be very effective for complex or complicated tooth movements.
However, we know that some patients hate the idea of having to wear metal braces for a year or more. There are other subtler options such as tooth-colored brackets and wires.
If you are ready to improve your smile turn to Dr. Cynthia Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, to give you the smile you want. We would be happy to sit down and talk to you about your treatment options.