Braces are just for fixing the look of your smile, right? Not quite – in fact, there are a large number of reasons to consider correcting misaligned teeth that have directly to do with your oral health. Malocclusion, the formal term for bite problems, is a serious condition that can cause a lot of problems without correction!
We offer comprehensive orthodontic services at Panama City Smiles, and we perform them for a variety of non-cosmetic reasons. While getting a straight beautiful smile is a great boost to anyone’s confidence and self-assuredness there are a whole bunch of reasons why you should straighten your teeth that have nothing to do with your look!
Braces Do More Than You Realize!
The mouth is a complicated system, and even the slightest problem with bite and alignment can develop into pain and expensive treatments later in life. We want to cover some of the most common oral health reasons to undergo orthodontic treatment. You might even see something that perfectly pertains to you or your child’s mouth!
Crowding And Gaps Are A Gum Disease Risk
Your gums are tough, but unfortunately, oral bacteria is a lot tougher. Any opportunity you give for oral bacteria to get beneath your teeth is a potential for serious harm that can result in gum recession, bone loss, and eventually the loss of tooth after tooth.
Gapped teeth and overcrowding both increase your chances of developing gum disease. Gaps expose more gum tissue to the effects of bacteria, and crowding prevents you from being able to floss and keep the spaces between your teeth as clean as they should be. Both need to be corrected to prevent problems later in life!
Crowding is also a good way to end up with undetected tooth decay. Tight spots between your teeth are the perfect places for bacteria to hide and start causing serious trouble. Just one more reason to take orthodontic care seriously!
Bite Problems = Jaw Problems
Are you familiar with your temporomandibular joint? You’ve probably seen its abbreviation around: TMJ. The TMJ and TMJ disorders (also called TMD) are painful, chronic problems with the jaw joint. Without treatment you can end up suffering from lockjaw, premature tooth wear, pain when chewing, headaches, pain in your jaw and teeth, and other joint problems like arthritis and cartilage disk slippage.
TMD is a serious problem, and a lot of people affected by it have bite problems. If you have an overbite, underbite, or a crossbite your chances of suffering from TMD are greatly increased.
In the best of situations, your jaw and teeth work together to create a comfortable “home position” for themselves. Your teeth are meant to fit together comfortably and easily in a way that gives your jaw a good neutral position, but when your teeth don’t align correctly your jaw often never finds that correct spot!
Without orthodontic treatment to correct your bite you will end up with TMJ pain – it’s almost inevitable. Proactive treatment can eliminate pain before it happens all while straightening your smile – it’s a great twofer!
Tooth Loss Prevention
Gum disease may be the number one cause of tooth loss, but that doesn’t mean malocclusion doesn’t take its share of teeth! The bone and gums that support your teeth are tough, but they’re by no means wear-proof! Over time your teeth will end up suffering from uneven pressure put on them by your bad bite.
Tooth loss due to a bad bite is a slow process, but you’ll start to notice it in the form of loosening teeth, sensitivity around the gumline and roots, and a changing bite. Without intervention, your teeth can loosen to the point that they’re in danger of falling out, and it’s hard to reverse that kind of long-term damage!
Braces Do A Lot For Your Smile
The long-term effects of a bad bite are really destructive, and we don’t want you to have to go through with them. Braces can be a great way to prevent this damage in teens and even in adults who are already experiencing the early stages of problems. Let Panama City Smiles help preserve your oral health all while straightening your smile – what’s not to love?
Taking the first step can be mentally hard, but in practicality, it’s as easy as picking up the phone and calling us at (850) 588-0185. If you would prefer to request an appointment online you can do that right here.
We look forward to seeing you soon!