Having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment is essential to your dental health, as your dentist may have explained. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints. These can lead to chronic headaches, as well as face and neck pain. You can help prevent these dental problems from occurring by seeking orthodontic treatment. Of course, the most obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment is an improved appearance. No matter what your age,a beautiful smile will make you feel more attractive and confident.
How Orthodontic Appliances Work
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. Braces slowly move your teeth to a corrected position by placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction. Now is a great time to wear braces! The days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth are gone. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic color and you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. The latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients and wires are also less noticeable than they used to be.