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3 Ways Braces Can Improve Your Oral Health

August 22, 2023 9:00 am

Braces tend to be thought of as a cosmetic treatment, but did you know that orthodontics can actually benefit your overall dental hygiene? In addition to giving you a straight, beautiful smile, braces can improve your oral health and address the following problems.

  • Realign Your Bite

    When your upper and lower teeth do not line up properly, it can cause your teeth to grind together, a habit called bruxism. Bruxism is a major factor in dental problems like enamel erosion and chipped teeth. Bruxism can also contribute to TMJ disorders caused by excessive strain on your jaw joint. Bruxism has also been linked to sleep apnea. Did you know braces are a tool to help with sleep apnea? Orthodontics can shift your teeth into a better position that prevents damage to your smile and helps your sleep.

  • Close Gaps

    Braces are extremely effective at closing gaps between teeth. No matter how big or small the spaces between your teeth are, food particles can get trapped in these gaps, which increases the likelihood of plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease. By minimizing space where food debris can linger, braces improve your oral health.

  • Straighten Your Smile

    Not only are straight smiles more aesthetic, but they are also much easier to keep clean. When teeth are crooked or overlap, it is harder to thoroughly brush every surface. It can also be challenging to floss properly. This can be a great tool to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease down the line. Excellent oral hygiene is the best defense against dental problems, and braces can significantly aid in achieving that goal!

Orthodontic Treatment in Weatherford, TX

At Meason Orthodontics, we aim to help all our patients maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. We offer several treatment options, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners. We are in-network for most major insurance providers and have in-house and flexible financing plans to accommodate your budget. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic consultation!


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