Braces 101

Why Braces

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. When their braces come off, our patients find that they just can't stop smiling. Your dentist may also have discussed with you the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, worsen gum disease, and possibly lead to tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, or excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth. Treatment by an orthodontist can be less costly than the additional care required to treat dental problems arising as a result of orthodontic problems.