Orthodontic treatment is more than straight teeth. A beautiful smile is just one of the benefits of orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment can correct not only the alignment of the teeth making them straight but also positions the teeth and jaws so that the top and bottom teeth fit or bite together in a functional and healthy relationship.
Teeth that are crooked or crowded are more challenging to keep clean and have an increased risk of decay and gum disease.
Teeth that do not fit together correctly are under increased stress during function, which can lead to wear and damage to the teeth and can affect the function of the jaw joint and jaw muscles leading to poor jaw function, jaw muscle pain and headaches.
A healthy, attractive smile also leads to increased confidence and self esteem. This psychological benefit is often a significant factor in the decision to proceed with orthodontic treatment and is frequently listed as a patient’s number one treatment goal.
An attractive smile is just the start; orthodontic treatment also creates a healthier mouth and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.