It is common knowledge that orthodontic treatment like braces can transform your smile and give you the pearly whites you’ve always wanted. However, did you know that braces do more than just straighten your smile? Find out more with help from your Merced and Mariposa, CA orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan.
What can braces treat?
The word orthodontic comes from the Greek words “orthos” (straight) and “odon” (tooth). However, braces from your Merced and Mariposa orthodontist treat more than just crooked teeth. They also treat conditions such as:
- open bite
- overcrowding (overlaps)
- under crowding (gaps)
Correcting bite issues is vital to the ability to chew and eat correctly. Improper bite also contributes to headaches and medical conditions such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Improper bite also leads to broken or cracked teeth, giving bacteria a direct route into your tooth.
The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
The most noticeable benefit to wearing braces is the outcome. However, braces also correct bite, allowing proper chewing, biting and even speaking. Looking great results in feeling great, meaning that your new smile will boost your self-esteem and give you heightened confidence. When teeth are too crowded, they create small areas which toothbrush bristles or floss simply cannot reach. This allows decay-causing bacteria to build up. Straightening the teeth eliminates these hard-to-clean areas, lowering the chance of tooth decay and gum disease by making the teeth easier to clean.
Alternatives to Traditional Braces
If the thought of metal in your mouth makes you hesitant to straighten your teeth or correct your bite, you may benefit from alternatives to traditional braces. Clear braces made from ceramic instead of metal use tooth-colored brackets and wires to move the teeth the same way as traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are traditional metal braces attached to the inside of the teeth, making them invisible from the outside of the mouth. Invisalign uses clear, removable aligner trays to correct alignment and bite issues.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist can help you decide which option is best for you. For more information on straightening your teeth, please contact Dr. Richard Rowan in Merced and Mariposa, CA. Call (209) 384-3223 in Merced and (209) 966-4600 in Mariposa to schedule your consultation for braces or Invisalign today!