The Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Are you considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a loved one? At Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA, our team of five dentists provide everything you need for great oral health--including orthodontics. Read on to learn more.

Orthodontics and your family

There are several types of orthodontic braces. Metal or ceramic braces, with their brackets, archwires, and ligatures, are what people think of first. Lingual or tongue-side braces are a lesser-known option. Headgear and palatal expanders typically prepare young people for more involved orthodontic treatment or help avoid it altogether. Finally, teens and adults frequently choose clear acrylic aligners which are removable and reposition teeth more quickly than conventional braces.

What's best for you or your child depends on the particulars of your case. Through an orthodontic consultation in her Sudbury, MA, office, Dr. Carolyn Lucey can determine if braces--and what kind--are appropriate for your unique oral health needs and smile goals.

Health benefits of orthodontic treatment

Dental health, in large part, depends on how straight your teeth are, how well your jaws operate, and if your teeth bite together, or occlude, properly.

Healthline reports that that crooked teeth easily collect plaque and tartar, the main causes of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Crooked smiles also place excessive crushing pressure on individual teeth, causing:

  • Cracked, chipped and worn enamel
  • Teeth clenching and grinding
  • Jaw pain
  • Ear aches and headaches

Also, poorly-aligned smiles impair clear speech and make biting, chewing and digestion (which begins in the mouth) inefficient.

When someone undergoes orthodontic treatment at your Sudbury, MA, dental practice, the patient can expect:

  1. Improved oral function
  2. Teeth which are easy to floss and brush
  3. Stronger teeth, gums and supporting bone
  4. Better overall health (gum disease promotes systemic problems such as hypertension and diabetes)
  5. Clearer speech
  6. Fewer accidental injuries (protruding front teeth are more easily chipped, cracked, displaced and knocked-out)
  7. Improved confidence and self-esteem

It's time, isn't it?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends each child receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. As an adult, you, too, can get the appraisal you need at Sudbury Family Dental Care. Orthodontics is a big part of what we provide families in the Sudbury area. Call today for more information: (978) 443-5193.