Braces are best known, naturally, for straightening your teeth. We all know this, right? They deliver excellent cosmetic results and help you to smile with confidence, but they actually have so many health benefits you may not have realised.
Without further ado, lets delve into the fantastic health benefits of braces.
Braces can prevent tooth decay
Braces don’t just straighten your teeth, but they help promote their health. The gaps between our teeth create spaces for food debris to become trapped during and after eating. The food that clings to the surfaces left exposed by these gaps attracts bacteria that, when feasting on the debris, release harmful toxins. These harmful toxins begin to erode the protective enamel on the surface of our exposed teeth, creating pockets of decay in preventable areas. By straightening your teeth with braces, you limit the available space for food to become caught and lessen your chances of developing tooth decay in hard-to-reach areas.
Braces can prevent gum disease
Gaps in your teeth don’t just expose tooth surfaces, but they also expose sections of the gums that would otherwise be protected by the teeth. Much like gaps within the teeth, the gaps that expose gums leave these sensitive surfaces open to the collection of food debris. The bacteria that this food attracts creates harmful toxins that attack our gums, leading to gum disease. This often leads to bleeding gums, sensitivity, and even in some cases tooth loss. By closing these gaps, we save our gums a world of bother!
Braces improve teeth cleaning
By closing the aforementioned gaps, braces actually improve teeth cleaning and generally lessen the build-up of bad stuff. When we have gaps in our teeth, food debris and bacteria tuck away into these nooks and crannies. These areas are particularly hard to clean effectively due to their irregular shape and size, so its common that these hard-to-reach surfaces are the most affected by decay and bacteria build-up. Straightening your teeth with braces not only creates a uniform surface that is easier to clean, but it also lessens these overlapping and inaccessible surfaces that shelter harmful toxins.
Braces can improve your bite and jaw
Yes, braces are effective at maintaining the health of your teeth, but what about your mouth function and jaw? When our teeth are crooked, overlapping, or protruding, our bite and jaw function are instantly hindered. A misaligned bite puts strain on your jaw, causing unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth, and affects your jaw’s strength and stability. This leads to diminished function, joint pain, and even misshapen bone. Jaw pain doesn’t have to reside in the jaw, either, but it actually manifests itself in neck pain, shoulder aches, and even head aches and migraines. By straightening your teeth, you alter how your upper and lower jaw fit together, helping them to move and function properly without grinding or misplacing your teeth.
Braces can improve your confidence
We concede this isn’t technically health related, but arguably it is in terms of how your teeth affect your happiness and confidence. Misaligned teeth sometimes affect the way we speak, chew, and even smile. When we don’t feel confident in our smile, it can make social situations incredibly uncomfortable for us and we don’t want to smile and laugh with reckless abandon like our friends are. Straightening your teeth with braces affects your dental health, but it can work wonders for your self-confidence.
At the Dental Health Centre in Grantham, we offer two different forms of braces to best support your dental health.
If you’re considering straightening your teeth in Lincolnshire, then look no further than our expert dental practice. Speak to a member of the team on 01476 594480 or enquire online today!