We offer numerous orthodontic treatment options to help our patients restore their quality of life in more ways than one. The benefits of braces, Invisalign®, and other orthodontic treatment procedures extend far beyond the appearance of the smile—you may be surprised!
1. Orthodontics Improve Sleeping, Breathing, and Eating
Orthodontics can successfully align the jaw bones to treat malocclusions (poor bite condition), like overbites, underbites, open bites, and cross bites. Poor bite conditions are not only a cosmetic concern, but a functional concern too. Misaligned jaw bones can affect your sleeping and breathing quality, and your ability to enjoy your favorite foods!
When the upper jaw, or palate, is too narrow to accommodate all of the teeth, this can obstruct the airways, forcing a person to breathe through their mouth instead of their nose. Mouth-breathing can cause dry mouth, restless sleep, bad breath, headaches, gum disease, behavioral problems, and so much more! Narrow palates can also lead to sleep apnea, a dangerous disorder that causes lapses in breathing during sleep.
Many people with poor dental alignment experience a popping or cracking sound when opening their mouth. This is indicative that the jaw bones aren’t properly aligned, which can make it difficult or painful to eat and chew.
When the top teeth and bottom teeth don’t meet evenly, this misalignment can impact a person’s sleeping, breathing, and eating. Orthodontics can effectively widen the airways and align the bite to restore these vital functions and relieve the associated unpleasant symptoms.
2. Orthodontics Improve Oral Health
Brushing and flossing your teeth properly when you have a poor orthodontic condition (especially crowded teeth or a misaligned bite) can be challenging! It’s hard to floss between overlapping teeth, so bacteria and food particles can build-up in these hard-to-reach spaces pretty easily.
Bacteria buildup can lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. Cleaning the teeth and gum line thoroughly is critical for preventing plaque buildup and maintaining optimal oral health. Orthodontic treatments can straighten the teeth and align the bite, making it easier to reach between each tooth, keep the gumline free of food particles, and prevent bad breath!
3. Orthodontics Improve Confidence
Just like your oral functionality and your oral health, your self-confidence has everything to do with your quality of life. A healthy sense of confidence can open doors for you, socially and professionally, for the rest of your life!
People who aren’t confident in their smile are more likely to hide their teeth from others and avoid situations that may place a spotlight on their smile. Hiding your smile can hold you back from participating in activities and taking opportunities that could very well change your life!
Putting your best smile forward not only increases your confidence, but increases your happiness too. Studies by renowned neurologist, Dr. Isha Gupta, have shown that smiling produces a chemical reaction in the brain, which increases our feelings of happiness.
Still have questions about the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
The benefits of orthodontic treatment can be felt in all areas of your life. Whether you have a functional problem that restricts your diet, impedes your breathing or sleeping, or you’re simply not confident in your smile, you can benefit from a treatment of braces or Invisalign.
When you visit us for your complimentary consultation, our highly-experienced orthodontists will assess your smile and your bite position to determine whether orthodontic treatment will improve your quality of life.