Straight Teeth Improve Your Oral Health
Adult orthodontics has been a growing trend over the past decade. At Baird Orthodontics at least 1/3 of our patients are adults seeking orthodontic treatment either for the first time or as a re-treatment due to shifting teeth. Most of these patients are treated with Invisalign, although some adults choose traditional or ceramic brackets. We will go into great detail about the benefits of each during your initial consultation.
Adults are straightening their teeth not just for cosmetic reasons but also for the health benefits of well aligned teeth and a corrected bite. People are living longer and healthier lives. These days more adults are likely to keep their teeth for a lifetime. However, studies indicate that your risk of periodontal disease increases with age, so you need to do more to maintain good oral health.
Teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth create what orthodontists call a “malocclusion.” This can result in uneven wear of the teeth and other risks. There are several benefits to correcting a malocclusion, which include:
Improved oral hygiene:
Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded or crooked teeth. Aligned teeth can reduce plaque retention, tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Properly positioned teeth can help gums “fit” more tightly around them, which can lead to better periodontal health
Decreased risk of abnormal wear and trauma:
Properly aligned teeth also reduce the risk of expensive procedures required to repair the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking, or wear; and can be less stressful on the supporting jaw bones and joints.
Oral Health Affects your Medical Health and Overall Well-being
What you may not realize is that good oral health is essential to your medical health and quality of life. Consider a few of these reasons:
Studies have shown a strong connection between a person’s smile and how others perceive and evaluate them based on attractiveness, intelligence, and personality.
Every tooth in your mouth plays an important role in speaking and chewing.
Recent research has confirmed a link between periodontal disease and other serious chronic medical conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and diabetes.
A major cause of problems with joint replacements (hip, knee) is infection. Infection can travel to the site of a joint replacement from the mouth of people with periodontal disease.
People with dentures or loose and missing teeth often have restricted diets since biting into fresh fruits and vegetables can be difficult and painful. These people may not be getting enough nutrition from meals.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One in every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. There are modern, esthetic, almost invisible treatments available now that are very popular with our adult patients. These include Invisalign as well as ceramic braces. Even patients with severe problems are able to be treated with cosmetic appliances that are virtually invisible. We can help you have the smile of your dreams while looking great and feeling confident.
Final treatment decisions will be made in consultation with your family dentist, Dr. Baird and other specialists, if necessary.