Orthodontic Treatment: Improve Your Dental and Overall Health
Orthodontic treatments are not limited to dental braces as many believe, and qualified dentists and orthodontists contribute to the improvement of dental and overall health by working with patients on an individual basis. When teeth align properly, all other functioning is greatly improved which helps patients better maintain overall health. Moreover, properly aligned and oriented teeth are easier to clean and maintain for continued oral health.
While a single gap or space between teeth is less likely to cause a functional issue, patients with a variety of gaps, overlapping teeth, rotated or misaligned teeth, and bite issues frequently experience difficulty maintaining oral health. Those who have retained their third molars, the wisdom teeth, may experience difficult reaching these teeth with even small-sized toothbrushes, and flossing can be awkward depending on the depth of the mouth, size of the hands, and angles of the teeth. If sufficient brushing and flossing habits are difficult to accomplish, orthodontic treatment options may help.
When teeth align properly, all other functioning is greatly improved which helps patients better maintain overall health.
Bite issues, such as an open-bite, under-bite, over-bite, or other misalignment that affects the occlusion – the way the teeth come together – play an important role in overall health. When the teeth do not fit and operate properly, with optimum functionality, chewing, swallowing, talking, sleeping, and even breathing can be hindered. These patients sometimes forego entire food groups simply because the discomfort or self-consciousness associated with eating is too great. A majority of dental braces recipients have a problem bite they seek to fix, and a dentist can help successfully improve these conditions.
Overlapping teeth make it difficult to clean and maintain all teeth within the mouth. Overlapping can be a sign of crowding, which usually indicates the need to remove the wisdom teeth and apply dental braces or other orthodontic treatment to realign and optimize teeth.
With a little time, patience, and effort, these conditions can be corrected with relative ease and patients enjoy improved oral health and overall health for life. To learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, contact the office of Dr. Jason Erickson today.