A more attractive smile isn't the only benefit of wearing braces—orthodontic treatment can also provide a great improvement to your oral health! Read on to learn more about these health benefits, and contact your Los Angeles dentists, Drs. R.K. Chetty and Chethan Chetty of Eagle Rock Family Dentistry, to arrange an orthodontic consultation.
Braces may decrease your risk of cavities and gum disease
Cavities are caused by plaque, a colorless bacterial film that constantly covers your teeth. Although regular brushing and flossing are both good ways to remove plaque from teeth, good oral hygiene habits alone may not be enough if your teeth overlap each other.
In these cases, no matter how carefully you brush and floss, you won't be able to remove plaque from the overlapping edges of your teeth. The longer the plaque remains on your teeth, the greater your risk of tooth decay.
Cavities aren't the only problem that you need to worry about if you have severe teeth overlap—plaque soon turns into tartar, a hard deposit that can only be removed during dental cleanings. Tartar irritates your gums and can be a major factor in receding gums and gum disease.
Fortunately, correcting the alignment of your teeth eliminates these overlapping areas and makes brushing and flossing much easier. As a result, your cavity and gum disease risk lowers significantly.
Orthodontic treatment puts an end to tooth and tissue damage
If your upper and lower teeth don't fit together properly, you're more likely to experience cracked or broken teeth, enamel erosion, or lacerations to your gums, mouth, and lips. Braces realign your teeth to eliminate open bites, crossbites, overbites, and underbites.
When some of your teeth protrude more than others, you're more likely to injure those teeth if you fall or experience a blow to the face. Orthodontic treatment re-positions protruding teeth, helping you avoid painful, expensive damage to these teeth.
Other benefits of Los Angeles orthodontic treatment
Orthodontic treatment can also:
- Improve temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) symptoms
- Make chewing and biting easier
- Help you speak more clearly
- Prevent jawbone erosion caused by severe bite problems
Interested? Give us a call
Would you like to improve your smile with braces? If so, call Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA, today at (323) 258-2885 to schedule an appointment.