Many people incorrectly assume that braces and other orthodontic appliances are only for aesthetic purposes. It’s true that braces can do a lot to correct a crooked smile and give patients extra confidence, but orthodontics also effect oral health in many ways. Orthodontics correct issues that cause problems both with oral health, and patient comfort.
Another common misconception is that braces and orthodontics are for kids. It is often better to intervene with orthodontics early on while the mouth is still growing, but many patients later in life can also benefit. Whether you have issues that have been ongoing, or recent changes have caused new issues, orthodontics may be the answer for you.
At Sulphur Dentistry and Braces we offer both traditional braces and Invisalign systems. There are benefits to both and our friendly staff can help you decide which best fits your oral health needs and budget. Most patients are good candidates for either.
The main benefit of the Invisalign system is, of course, aesthetic. The clear appliances allow your orthodontics to blend with the natural color of your teeth, meaning they are much less noticeable than traditional braces. This can be a huge benefit, especially for adult orthodontics patients, who may feel more self-conscious than younger patients.
Most of us have seen the improvement in a person’s smile after braces. What we may not know is the mental confidence and ease this adds to conversation. If you are self-conscious about your smile, imagine never having to think about it again. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
In addition to the aesthetic improvement that orthodontics can supply, there are many other benefits. Patients with TMJ and other jaw related issues can often retrain their bite to fall so that it lines up more comfortably. Uneven space between teeth, a contributor to tooth decay, can often be painful and cause unnecessary wear on other teeth.