Crooked and misaligned teeth can negatively affect a patient’s quality of life. Having a flawed smile affects a person’s confidence and self-image. Patients with improperly placed teeth often suffer with anxiety during social situations and feel ashamed to smile. However, orthodontic treatment such as dental braces, not only improves the appearance of a patient’s smile by straightening and aligning teeth, receiving braces also benefits a patient’s overall oral health.
Patients with crooked and overlapped teeth possess a higher risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. This is because properly flossing and cleaning between crowded teeth is nearly impossible. Over time, debris and plaque will harden into calculus deposits called tartar. Inadequate oral hygiene and tartar buildup are well-known contributors to dental caries and gum disease. Furthermore, misaligned teeth cause conditions such as TMJ dysfunction and tooth wear because improperly aligned teeth can irritate the joint connecting the jaw to the skull and cause teeth to scrape against each other when eating and speaking.
To help restore patients’ confidence and promote optimal oral health, Dr. Erickson provides orthodontic treatment in-office. Traditional braces consist of a variety of oral appliances such as wires and brackets to move teeth to a healthier position over time. Braces correct the placement of crooked, gapped, overlapped, and crowded teeth. Properly aligned teeth also promote a healthy bite, which can reduce the risk for tooth wear and the development of TMJ disorder.
Many patients associate the need for braces with adolescence; however, orthodontic treatment benefits patients of all ages, including adults. For example, many adults require braces to correct crowding that occurs when wisdom teeth erupt in early adulthood.
Because a straight smile is a healthy smile, Dr. Erickson and our team encourage you to explore your treatment options, which include traditional braces or Invisalign. To learn more about braces and their many benefits, contact our office to schedule an appointment with our compassionate and skilled team.