The primary goal of orthodontic dentistry is to fix the patient’s teeth and set them in the right place.The fact that Orthodontic treatment is recommended as early as age 7 is just one fact that dispels the myth that this treatment is only undertaken for cosmetic reasons. The earlier it is performed, the better. Orthodontic treatment is so much more than mere cosmetic dentistry. Though the result of this treatment might be considered cosmetic dentistry to some, the primary goal of orthodontic treatment is more fundamental than cosmetic dentistry.
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Because it is a process that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly, the benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime. Using braces and clear aligners to set the patient's teeth is the orthodontist’s primary aim. The orthodontist is mainly concerned with the treatment of improper bites and crooked teeth. The patient’s appearance—a reason for cosmetic dentistry—is secondary to good oral health in orthodontic treatment.
Why Should I Get Orthodontic Treatment?
If teeth are misaligned and don’t meet correctly, there can be a strain on the jaw which can result in headaches. Crooked teeth or teeth that are not aligned properly or spaces between the teeth will affect biting and chewing but other problems may also be present. Difficulty in swallowing and breathing may persist and even speech may be impaired. Not to disparage cosmetic dentistry because having beautiful straight teeth is important and attractive. But there are more crucial things to consider such as the need to address and alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw.
Other Reasons For Orthodontic Treatment
- Nutrition: Everyone knows that good nutrition is essential for a healthy life. An often overlooked yet critical factor in nutrition is the basic act of chewing. With orthodontic dentistry, this is a primary concern but not necessarily in cosmetic dentistry. Good, straight teeth promote proper chewing. It is important for digestion and to get the most nutrients possible from the food to convert large chunks of food into smaller, more easily digestible bits. When large pieces of improperly chewed food reach the stomach and intestines, the body has to work harder-use more energy to digest the food. Also, large chunks could cause a choking hazard. All this is the result of misaligned teeth or jaws
- Tooth Decay: A basic concept in dentistry to prevent tooth decay is to keep the spaces between the teeth clear of food particles. This is hard to do if teeth are overcrowded because they are misaligned. The result: tooth decay. Cavities occur because plaque forms on the poorly cleaned teeth and eats away at the enamel. Plaque buildup can also lead to gum problems. All this can be corrected with orthodontic treatment.
- The Jaw, Teeth, and Mouth: If you have ever experienced biting your cheek or your lip when chewing, you might be a candidate for orthodontic treatment. The same is true if you’ve experienced gnashing or colliding teeth when you bite. You risk chipping your teeth as well. All of these problems could be alleviated with orthodontic dentistry.
- Improved Self-Esteem: Though more elements may be involved with orthodontic treatment, one thing it does have in common with cosmetic dentistry is increases self-esteem. You’ll not only look better but you will feel more confident. Your vibe will be so much better when you are eating well and can smile confidently. Having orthodontic treatment can be the beginning of a new you!