Your orthodontist might suggest that you begin wearing braces to resolve a number of alignment problems with your teeth. While braces can help improve the look of your smile by straightening your crooked or crowded teeth, they can also correct several other health issues, improving the overall health of your mouth.

About Braces

Over a period of time, braces, which are a dental device, will put pressure on your teeth, forcing them to move in a particular direction. As your teeth move, the shape of the bone will be altered as a result of the force being applied. Braces need to be adjusted by your orthodontist on a regular basis so the correct amount of pressure is being applied. The wires of the braces, the springs, or the rubber bands are all places where adjustments might need to be made, based on the kind of braces you have. There are a wide variety of braces that are available, from traditional braces to invisible aligners, that can be used to suit your given dental needs.

Bite Pattern Correction

How your teeth meet is called your bite pattern, which can be impacted by improperly aligned teeth. If you have an underbite, overbite, crossbite, open bite, or malocclusion, slight cracks or chips can be the result. The ridges you require to chew your food can wear out and the enamel can be damaged if your teeth continue to rub together in a certain spot. The dentin, the inner parts of your teeth, can be exposed, elevating tooth sensitivity and the vulnerability to cavities. Not only can this cause pain, fixing the issues due to a misaligned bite can be very costly.

Cleaner Teeth

It is important that you brush and floss your teeth twice a day or more. But it can be difficult to get your teeth clean enough if your teeth are out of alignment. It will be hard to clear away the food that gets caught between your teeth and gums if you have a small mouth with crowded teeth or teeth that overlap. This can cause the buildup of plaque, which can deteriorate your teeth and gum tissues and result in periodontal disease.

Treating TMJ

Teeth that are out of alignment can also cause problems with your jaw. If you have pain in your jaw when you chew or talk, it might be caused by a condition called tempromandibular disorder or TMJ. When you open your mouth you will have a popping or clicking sound. The condition may be due to your jaw’s inability to close or rest correctly due to significantly misaligned teeth. As part of a complete treatment plan for this condition, your orthodontist might recommend braces.

Braces may help you avoid difficult and expensive dental complications resulting from misaligned teeth. Make sure that you get the dental care you require by speaking with your dentist or orthodontist today.