Are Braces just for Looks?
Many times when a person considers braces it is usually to be thought for cosmetic purposes. While this is true, braces do make teeth straight and aligned for a beautiful smile, there are other reasons that are very important not to overlook.
Numerous clinical research trials have demonstrated that untreated malocclusions (bad bites) can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which could contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontic treatment does more than make a beautiful smile – it creates a healthier, better functioning bite.