Everyone takes notice of a beautiful, straight smile, which is what usually motivates adult patients to seek orthodontic treatment.
Traditional braces are typically associated with kids and teens, and adults often have a hard time picturing themselves with brackets and wires for years. Fortunately, we offer some modern orthodontic alternatives in our Glenroy, VIC dental clinic for our adult patients to achieve attractive, properly aligned smiles.
If you are an adult who wishes their teeth looked nicer, learning that there are health benefits to having a straight smile might support your decision.
It’s Easier to Clean Straight Teeth
Overlapping and overcrowded teeth makes it more difficult for your toothbrush and dental floss to reach between teeth. You might even find that your floss frays and resort to a heavily waxed version or skip flossing specifically teeth entirely.
Proper Alignment Prevents Disease
Because overlapping and crowded teeth make it difficult to thoroughly clean teeth, decay and periodontal disease develop as a result. Additionally, tilted or twisted teeth leave small spaces for bacteria to collect, causing infection or an abscess.
If you need a filling or crown, fitting one to crooked teeth might not provide the most aesthetic results.
A Straight Bite Will Be Healthier
Misalignment also causes bite-related issues leading to uneven wear to teeth and even severe jaw problems. When teeth bite together incorrectly, the jaw joints may not seat properly in the condyle. When left untreated, your jaw joints can begin to wear down, causing a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder.
Signs of TMJ disorder can include sensitive teeth, muscle pain, clicking, popping or locking joints. Headaches and migraines are also common complaints due to the inflammation of the head, face and neck muscles. Seeking orthodontic treatment in our Glenroy, VIC dental clinic can resolve jaw issues and improve comfort.
If you’re interested in learning more about the health and aesthetic benefits of a straight smile, we welcome you to contact us to book an evaluation.