The number one reason for pursuing orthodontic treatment is to straighten your teeth. Some people want straight teeth for cosmetic reasons, but the benefits of orthodontic treatment reach far beyond aesthetics. Having misaligned teeth can create many problems including tooth decay, gum disease, problems with your jaw joints (also known as TMJ Disorder), and even tooth loss or breakage. By completing a full orthodontic treatment plan and adhering to a good oral hygiene routine, you can greatly reduce your chances of encountering any of these complications.
Besides creating a pretty smile, orthodontics can also help keep your mouth healthy for life. Crooked teeth are more susceptible to chips and cracks, because pressure is not evenly distributed across their surfaces as intended. When your teeth are properly aligned and spaced, it is much easier to keep them adequately clean. Odd, tight, spaces create more hard-to-reach areas for bacteria and plaque to accumulate and cause decay. When your teeth are at risk for decay, your gums are also more likely to develop gum disease because of the excess bacteria in your mouth. Some people with misaligned teeth complain of chronic jaw pain and headaches, which could be alleviated by successful orthodontic treatment.
Although braces may be considered a large, up-front cost, the amount of money you will save by eliminating the need for other dental treatments in the future may be larger. By improving your overall dental health through the use of orthodontics, you may never need certain costly dental restorations like veneers, dentures, or tooth extractions. Since it will be much easier to maintain good oral hygiene with straight teeth, you will probably only need to visit your dentist for routine cleanings, and can avoid costs associated with excessive office visits.
About Your Fort Worth Family Dentist:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.