5 Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

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You may think that having a straight smile is purely cosmetic, but it actually has a lot more benefits. We discuss 5 benefits orthodontic treatment has to offer here.

While it’s true that orthodontic treatments can make your smile straight, the benefits go far beyond having a smile that you're cosmetically pleased with. 

Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and correcting bad dental bites or misaligned teeth. Different orthodontic treatments include braces, clear aligners, and removable retainers. Because the way your teeth fit together so profoundly impacts your oral health, it’s important to see an orthodontist to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease or other oral health issues.

Farid Hanachi, DDS, PA, and the rest of our team at Hanachi Orthodontics located in Gastonia and Mooresville, North Carolina, specialize in orthodontics in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. In this blog, we outline some of the key features and benefits of orthodontic treatment.

Who qualifies for orthodontic treatment?

While most people can probably benefit from some type of orthodontic treatment, even for minor cosmetic flaws, there are people who can get more out of it than others. 

The best way to know if you’re a good candidate for orthodontic treatment is through a consultation with our team. In general, the conditions below are the most common reasons to consider braces:

  • Overbite, when your upper teeth stick out over your bottom teeth
  • Underbite, when your bottom teeth cover your upper teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Impacted teeth, teeth that are stuck in your jawbone

If you do have any oral health issues like tooth decay or gum disease, it’s important to have those taken care of first before you pursue orthodontic treatment. 

The benefits of orthodontic treatment

While there are many important reasons to seek out orthodontic treatment, we believe these five are important:

  1. Straight teeth are easier to clean and floss
  2. Straight teeth help improve chewing and speech function
  3. An aligned bite lowers your risk of gum disease and tooth decay
  4. Straight teeth reduce pain from a TMJ disorder
  5. Straight teeth lead to improved self-esteem

Now that’s something to smile about! Thankfully, in our day and age, you have an array of choices like traditional braces and clear aligner systems. Our team considers your unique needs and your specific goals to recommend the best option.

Next step

If your teeth are misaligned, you may benefit from orthodontic treatment. If you’d like to learn if it’s right for you, contact our team to set up a consultation. You can do this by giving us a call at 704-865-9889 or by using our online scheduler today.