405 Frederick Road, Suite 150, Catonsville, MD 21228
Wearing braces does more than straighten your teeth; they can improve your overall dental health.
Having straight teeth definitely improves your smile, but they aren't just a cosmetic asset. If your teeth are crooked, they may be causing you health problems of which you were totally unaware. Here, the office of Dr. M.S. Warshanna of Angel Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland shares a few more reasons why orthodontics can change your life for the better.
When your teeth overlap each other or are too crowded in your mouth, the protruding sections create areas for food to collect after meals. Many times, these areas conceal the trapped food and cannot be reached with a toothbrush or floss anyway. This causes bacteria-filled plaque to build up; if it hardens into calculus, it can severely damage the surface of the teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. When the teeth are straightened, however, they allow for easier cleaning and detection of any potential problems.
Righting the Bite
Sometimes the jaw is involved in the misalignment of teeth. This can cause uneven use of one side of the mouth, resulting in abnormal tooth wear. Malocclusion (misaligned jaws) can also result in a condition known as TMJ, which can cause headaches, difficulty chewing, and even locking of the jaw. Braces and other orthodontic appliances help to guide the jaw back into place.
Happiness Equals Healthiness
There's something to be said for the psychological effects of a brilliant smile. With your teeth properly aligned by your Catonsville dentist, you'll feel more confident about your appearance and will project that attitude onto others. Good mental health is extremely important in maintaining your physical well-being.
Making the decision to straighten your teeth means making positive changes in your life. Contact the team at Angel Dental Care today to start your journey to better health!