Most people get braces for a straighter smile, but there are tons of other perks to the process. If you’re still on the fence about getting braces for you or a loved one, considered these unexpected benefits of braces.
Stabilize the Jaw Joint – The Most Used Joint in Your Body!
Your jaw joint, also known as your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is the most used joint in your body. If your teeth are not properly aligned, you may develop pain in your TMJ. Braces are often used in TMJ pain treatment because correcting the misalignment helps stabilize the joint. If you have experienced earaches, headaches, or other issues related to jaw joint pain, braces may be a great option for you.
Improve Oral Health with Easier Cleaning and Care
Crooked teeth aren’t always easy to clean. There may be spots you struggle to reach, even with a special toothbrush or flossing tool. After braces, your teeth will be easier to clean and care for. This ultimately results in better oral health, both short-term and long-term.
Reverse or Reduce Speech Impediments
Some speech impediments are the result of dental misalignment. Braces may not eliminate the issue completely, but they could get rid of one contributing factor. Many clients are able to reverse ongoing speech impediments by incorporating speech therapy into their treatment plan.
Improve Chewing and Digestion
The better you chew your food, the easier it is for your body to digest it. Chewing with misaligned teeth can be difficult. In fact, you’re probably adjusting your smile to chew better without realizing you’re making the adjustment. This can lead to TMJ pain, as mentioned above. With proper alignment, you can chew effectively and potentially improve digestive issues.
Prevent Injury from Protruding Teeth
Protruding teeth are more susceptible to injury in the event of an accident. For instance, if you have front teeth that protrude forward and you get hit in the face with an object, your teeth may cut into your lips from the impact. This can still happen with perfectly aligned teeth, but it is less likely.
Are Braces Right for You?
Invisible braces and metal braces are great options for many children and adults. However, you need an examination from an orthodontist to determine if braces are right for you. Clinton Dental Center offers orthodontic care in addition to family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and emergency dentistry. Contact us at (586) 949-5363 to schedule an appointment.
Clinton Dental Center
52892 Gratiot Ave. – Suite 4
Chesterfield, MI 48051