Not everyone gets to be born with flawless teeth. Some people have to undergo orthodontic treatment to achieve straight teeth. Often, when you think of this kind of treatment, you associate it with kids or teens. But did you know you could get braces at any age? According to Humana, more than 4 million people living in the U.S. wear braces, 25% of them being adults. Below are some of the benefits of wearing braces at whatever age.
1. They Boost Your Appearance
Crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. However, once you get braces, this becomes a thing of the past. The treatment shifts your teeth’s appearance, leaving them aligned. As a result, it will enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem. You’ll also be comfortable in social gatherings without feeling like people are judging you for your teeth.
2. They Aid in Digestion
Did you know that your teeth play a role in digestion? They partially digest the food before it enters your stomach. When you have misaligned teeth, it can be hard to chew your food properly. That means the stomach digests the food for longer. Once your teeth can properly break down food into tiny pieces, your stomach will effectively digest the food.
3. They Make It Easy to Manage Your Oral Health
Braces aren’t just for aesthetic purposes. It’s usually harder to brush and floss crooked teeth. Also, food will easily get lodged between misaligned teeth rather than straight teeth. Undergoing this treatment not only straightens your teeth but also helps you maintain proper oral hygiene.
4. They Alleviate Speech Impairment
Teeth play a huge role in helping you pronounce words clearly. Disproportionate teeth will affect how you sound when you produce words. Orthodontic treatment straightens your teeth and gives you clearer speech. At the same time, you’ll be realigning your jaw, giving your tongue more room to move about. This will prevent the slurring of words.
5. They Prevent Bone Erosion
In a healthy mouth, your jawbones receive some pressure from the teeth. That pressure helps with bone growth and promotes a healthy jawbone. However, malocclusion or crooked teeth can affect jawbone health. This happens when certain parts of the jawbone don’t receive the right amount of pressure to stimulate bone growth. Over time, this causes bone erosion. You can prevent this by wearing braces.
No matter how old you are, you can restore your smile today by giving us a call. We will help you enjoy the benefits mentioned above and so much more.