Teeth Straightening

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatments

Published on 10/04/2024

When we think about orthodontics, we usually think about teenagers with fixed metal braces. But the reality is that more and more people are choosing to straighten their teeth at any age. Treatment plans like Invisalign make the treatment more popular for adults who are looking for a discreet way to straighten their teeth.

If you’re curious about orthodontic treatment of any kind, it’s important to think about the widespread benefits when deciding if this is right for you. It’s not just about achieving a straighter smile, as there are other secondary benefits of the treatment to consider.

To help you decide if orthodontic treatment is right for you, consider the following benefits to straightening your smile.

Improved oral health

Improved oral health

Straighter teeth are easier to care for, so once you’ve completed your treatment plan, you’ll find it much easier to brush your teeth and care for your oral health. You’ll also develop excellent oral health habits during the treatment plan as you will need to take good care of your teeth while you are wearing braces or aligners.

Boost in confidence

Perhaps the most obvious benefit for orthodontics is the boost in confidence you will enjoy every single day. If you are self conscious about your smile, this can quickly pass once you have completed treatment.

Many patients follow up orthodontic treatment with additional aesthetic treatments like composite bonding or teeth whitening to help put the finishing touches on their smile. If you’re looking for a full smile makeover, we can help you to achieve your dream smile.

Better digestion

Better digestion

Orthodontic treatment also helps to properly align your jaw, which can lead to better digestion and fewer stomach problems. If your teeth are not aligned correctly, you might struggle to chew your food properly. This can lead you to rush eating your food, and swallowing it before it’s properly chewed.

Failing to chew your food can make it more difficult to extract the nutrients from every meal. This might also result in stomach problems as the food in your stomach may arrive in larger pieces than you can comfortably digest.

Better lifelong oral health

Patients who invest in their smiles with treatments like orthodontics will typically take better care of their teeth in the long term. This is simply down to the fact that you want to protect the things that you have paid for.

When you invest in your smile, you are more likely to brush and floss daily, visit the dentist regularly and address oral health problems promptly. This is not to say that it’s the only way to improve your oral health, but rather that we typically notice an improvement in long-term oral health for patients who have had braces or aligners.

Benefits of proper jaw alignment

Benefits of proper jaw alignment

If your jaw alignment problems are causing issues with your speech, orthodontics could help to address this. We recommend working with a speech therapist after treatment if you would like to improve your speech.

Your jaw alignment can also make you more prone to injuries, so addressing this can improve your long-term oral health prospects. And finally, jaw alignment could also help with breathing issues while you are sleeping. If you grind your teeth at night or have issues with snoring, improving your jaw alignment may help. And if it doesn’t fix it entirely, it could simply make it easier to wear a night time mouthguard that will protect your teeth or help to reduce snoring.

Ready to talk orthodontics?

If you’re curious about these benefits and want to learn more about the treatment plan, book a consultation with our orthodontics team today. This is the first step towards a more confident smile.