Having a beautiful smile is not the only reason to get orthodontics, there is more – a lot more to having straight teeth and an aligned bite. Orthodontic treatment is important for several reasons. It can result in a healthier mouth because crowded and crooked teeth make brushing and flossing in those areas difficult. Having straight teeth make is less likely for food particles and plaque to get trapped in hard to reach areas, causing tooth decay, gum disease, and possibly tooth loss in the long run. Also, the alignment of the teeth and jaws can prevent more extensive dental treatment later in life. In some patients with severe jaw misalignment, preventive orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatment might also prevent jaw surgery later in life. An improper bite can interfere with chewing and prevent proper speech. Furthermore, it can cause abnormal wear to healthy tooth enamel and can lead to problems with the jaws when individuals have an uneven bite.

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Facial esthetics and the positions of the lips can also be improved with orthodontic treatment. The aesthetic and functional improvements achieved through orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign are truly remarkable. When teeth are positioned properly, the result is a more visually pleasing smile, which can boost self-esteem and helps make a great first impression. Research has determined that a crowd-pleasing smile is linked to better professional achievements.

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Dr. Dina Sanchez

Dr. Dina Sanchez

Board Certified Orthodontist

Dr. Dina Sanchez is a board certified orthodontist, mom, published author, wife, University of Maryland clinical professor, abstract artist, tooth fairy, and accidental lacrosse superfan. Learn more about Dr. D here.