The myth about braces is that they are used purely to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. However, braces are used for functionality and health reasons just as much, and if not more than they are for aesthetics. Good aesthetics and a great looking smile are the fortunate by-product of improving your dental health. They are in a sense two sides of the same coin.
To straighten teeth is as functionally important as it is aesthetically pleasing. Straightening your teeth can help in assisting and preventing in the following:
- Speech Impediments
- Jaw Pain
- Wearing down of teeth
- Difficulties in eating
- Difficulties in cleaning
- Tooth Decay
- Gum Disease
By having braces you can dramatically improve your overall dental health, in particular decreasing the chance of having gum disease or tooth decay. If your teeth sit in the incorrect position you are unable to correctly function with your teeth or mouth in the best way. This affects not only your dental health but potentially your overall health.
Braces are so advanced, that even their functionality as a product has improved. Braces such as Damon Q are effective in the way that they allow for fewer extractions and are made from more affordable materials.
The Australasian Society of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontist recommends having an orthodontic assessment by age 7 to prevent more serious problems from developing, and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Getting an early orthodontic assessment at a young age can have a significant impact on dental health and facial growth from the very beginning.
However, adult orthodontics is increasingly becoming more popular and functional for work and everyday life. For more information concerning dental health and braces, contact Norwest Orthodontics on 9672 6113.