Like many other important parts of your body, such as the heart or brain, you only have one set of teeth and will want to take care of it as best as possible. If something goes wrong, the effects for both your teeth and overall health can be drastic.
There are many reasons why people seek orthodontic treatment. If you're trying to decide whether to take the plunge, keep the following reasons in mind. If any of these apply to your own concerns, now may be the time to make that appointment you've been putting off.
- Avoid tooth decay: Crooked, crowded or overlapping teeth can make it harder to brush well. Although brushing the teeth is only one part of oral health, not being able to brush adequately can result in tooth decay and plaque buildup. Tooth decay can affect the areas around the tooth as well, including the gums, resulting in infections and further complications.
- Correct crowding: Crowding can cause teeth to grow in the wrong place, affecting every bite a person may take and creating serious issues over time.
- Get a better night's sleep: Malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth, has been known to cause breathing disorders during sleep. These include snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome and sleep apnea.
- Minimize spacing: Gaps between the teeth should be corrected to minimize their effect on oral health. Braces can move teeth into their ideal position, correcting overbites, underbites and crossbites.
- Prevent heart disease: Complications in oral healthcare have been known to affect the gums. Plaque that is not removed during brushing can become hardened and inflamed, forming pockets where food particles can become trapped. These areas are the perfect place for bacteria to grow, which can than be transferred to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. This bacteria is known to be a leading cause of cardiovascular disease.