More than simply tooth alignment is something your orthodontist may assist you with.
October is National Orthodontic Health Month, as well as a month full of beautiful fall foliage, Halloween, and National Orthodontic Health Month! The goal of this national award is to raise awareness about the advantages of orthodontic treatment. If you’re not sure what that means or how it applies to you, keep reading for some fast orthodontic facts.
What does the term “orthodontics” mean exactly?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, orthodontics is a dental specialty that deals with the diagnosis, supervision, guiding, and correction of malocclusions (the imperfect position of the teeth when the jaw is closed).
Statistics on orthodontics:
- In the United States, 4.5 million people wear braces, with around a quarter of them being adults.
- Despite the fact that children aged 10 to 14 are the ideal candidates for braces, adult braces are becoming more fashionable.
- After straight teeth, overbite correction is the second most common reason for braces.
What are some of the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
The primary goal of an orthodontist is to help patients achieve their ideal smile. Good dental alignment improves daily functions such as speaking and biting, as well as preventing cavities, in addition to generating an attractive smile. With the help of an orthodontist, you can attain the following objectives:
- Fix gaps between your teeth.
- Straighten and align crooked teeth.
- Improve your speaking and chewing skills.
- Improve the long-term health of your gums and teeth.
- Adjustment of bad bites.
What happens if my braces aren’t correctly adjusted?
If orthodontic abnormalities are not corrected, oral health and tooth function may be compromised. You may come across any or all of the following:
- Tooth Decay
- Periodontal disease
- Difficulty speaking and/or chewing
- Sleep disturbances
Is braces my only option for orthodontic treatment?
No! In recent years, orthodontic therapy has progressed significantly. Orthodontics is now more accessible than ever before thanks to technological developments and treatment options.
Is there anything special you’re planning to mark National Orthodontic Health Month? Make an appointment with our office to get started on your path to a more attractive and healthy smile.