You probably know a fair number of people with braces on their teeth. But these people are older than you would think. More than 4 million Americans are already wearing braces, and one quarter of them are adults according to recent reports.
What do braces do?
Braces can straighten teeth in a number of different ways.
- First they can straighten misaligned teeth.
- Second, they can also narrow gaps between teeth, which leads to a cleaner look.
- Lastly, they help space out teeth that are too close together, which stops them looking too huddled together.
The straightening and realigning of teeth leads to both visual as well as health benefits.
It is clear that they have significant benefits for many people’s dental health, no matter what their age. If you’re wondering what the main benefits are, we’ve listed some of them here.
Help prevent gum disease
Braces can help avoid gum disease, which is a major oral health problem. Gum disease frequently occurs in overcrowded teeth, which are more difficult to floss than others. Braces have the effect of spacing teeth out more evenly, which aids in flossing.
Helps your digestion
It can be challenging to chew food in smaller pieces if your teeth are not straight. smaller bits of food help the stomach to digest food more easily. By straightening your teeth, braces help you consume your food properly, and therefore boost digestion.
Boosts your self-esteem
Braces are of course important to your health but they can also help to build your confidence. You may not feel like displaying your smile if you have crooked teeth. This can result in lowered self-esteem and social anxiety. But it’s easier to be comfortable talking, smiling and showing your teeth when your teeth are well-aligned.
Lowers risk of heart disease
People with braces are less likely to have heart disease, especially if they had them as a child or teen. It is suspected that the very same bacteria that causes gum inflammation also causes heart and vascular inflammation. Such inflammation leads to plaque forming in the arteries, raising the risk of coronary heart disease.
That’s where braces can help. Straight teeth are easier to maintain and keep free from inflammation than misaligned teeth. Less inflammation leads to a reduced incidence of heart disease.
While one of the purposes of having braces is to repair crooked teeth, they are also used to correct bites that are incorrectly aligned. A “bite” is the word dentists use which describes how the top and bottom of your teeth line up.
A poorly balanced bite can influence your ability to chew properly. If left untreated, it could be more painful to chew, resulting in locking jaws, TMJ disorders and headaches associated with jaw pain, all of which may involve complex surgery to correct.
Improves your pronunciation
Misaligned teeth can even have an impact on how we pronounce words. They make it more difficult for somebody to articulate particular sounds. But braces can significantly improve the way you sound words out by making sure everything is in place.
Braces aren’t just for teens
Far too often when individuals hear the word “braces” they think of a young teenager wearing them. ⠀But braces can also help adults with their own oral health issues.
Adult braces are increasingly becoming widespread. Amazing developments in hardware and technique make braces accessible and attractive to anyone, including adults who are concerned about what others might think. Indeed, many adult brace options are almost invisible. Clear hoops, lingual braces and Invisalign are all excellent choices for adults who want to maintain the same appearance while wearing them.
With increased confidence, a better smile and improve oral and general health, there are so many benefits to wearing braces for both children and adults. Contact us today to set up a consultation.