Can Braces Make My Teeth Healthier?

By All Smiles
February 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

It is common knowledge that orthodontic braces straighten your teeth and provide the perfect smile. However, did you know that braces bracescan also make your teeth healthier? Together with your Worth, IL dentist at All Smiles, you can get the facts on why braces mean a healthier mouth.

How Braces Make Your Teeth Healthier

  • Easier to Clean: Tooth crowding or overlapping create very small and hard-to-reach areas. Straightened teeth reduce these areas and provide an easier-to-clean smile. The ability to clean all sides and areas of the tooth decreases your chance of bacteria buildup, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Better Bite: Braces correct bite issues like overbite or crossbite in addition to straightening teeth. A bad bite affects chewing and eating and causes tooth sensitivity, cracked teeth, jaw pain and gum disease. By correcting bite issues, chewing is made easy and the teeth align with one another, avoiding the chance of them clashing and hurting each other.
  • Decreased Chance of Gum Disease and Tooth Decay: Tooth decay and gum disease occur when bacteria build up on the teeth to form plaque and tartar. The plaque and tartar irritate the gums, causing them to bleed and become sore and swollen. Straightening the teeth and making them easier to clean allows plaque and tartar to be removed by the proper brushing and flossing techniques with less of a chance to miss a spot. These conditions eventually lead to tooth loss and should be treated as early as possible.

Am I a candidate for braces? 
Braces from your Worth dentist help straighten the teeth of people of all ages. Children at-risk for poor tooth or bite development also benefit from braces as they can guide the teeth into growing into the correct positions. If you have one of the following orthodontic problems, you will probably benefit from braces:

  • misaligned teeth
  • overcrowded or under crowded teeth
  • irregularly spaced teeth
  • gaps
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • crossbite

For more information on braces, please contact your dentist at All Smiles in Worth, IL. Call (708) 448-0333 to schedule your consultation for braces today!