There’s so much to love about having a beautiful, straight smile. It feels great to have a grin that you are eager to share with the world. It can also boost your confidence at school, work, and in your relationships! At Sawgrass Orthodontics, we love to see our patients grow their self-esteem as they progress through treatment, so we’re sharing our 5 benefits of straight teeth!
Even better than appearances, we are proud to see how much orthodontics supports the overall health of our patients as they age! Whether you start young (we recommend kids come in for their first visit at seven years old!) or are trying to fix issues as an adult, orthodontics makes it possible to age with less pain, discomfort, and health problems.
Are you ready to find out how orthodontics can help you? Keep reading our list below, and get in touch with Sawgrass Orthodontics! Dr. Kristen and Dr. Penny are here for you and any new patients in the Weston and Sunrise areas!
#1. Prevents Wear on Your Tooth Enamel
When we bite and chew, our jaw and teeth work together to crush food and swallow. This is an intricate system where the teeth should fit together perfectly to support the jaw’s health. When your bite is misaligned or your teeth are crooked, instead of supporting each other, your teeth will clash together.
When your teeth clash, it causes wear on the enamel of your teeth. Worn enamel can lead to sensitivity, tooth decay, and issues with the roots of the teeth that may even lead to tooth loss! We want to avoid all of those outcomes and instead use orthodontics to arrange your teeth and jaw so that everything fits together seamlessly without pain or damage to your teeth.
#2. Helps you Digest Your Food
Digestion is a huge part of overall health. It is how our bodies get nourishment from our food to create energy, support the health of our cells, and reduce the risk of illness and disease. So it’s no wonder that we would want to support your digestive in every way possible! Digestion begins when you bite and chew your food. Improperly chewed food that is not broken down into small enough pieces can make it difficult for your stomach and intestines to digest properly. That’s where your oral health comes in!
If you are struggling to bite and chew because of problems with your teeth and jaw, it’s time to talk to Dr. Kristin or Dr. Penny about orthodontic options. Getting your teeth and jaw aligned will make it easier to chew your food well and support all the other systems in your body as a result!
#3. Reduces Pain
Do your teeth ever feel sensitive? How about your jaw? Does it pop or crack when you are chewing something extra tough? These are signs that you might need orthodontic support. Orthodontics is the only proven way to adjust your teeth and jaws to create an alignment that reduces strain on muscles and ligaments. When left untreated, things like TMJ pain can become excruciating and radiate up to the neck, head, and shoulders. It’s best to get this treated long before your pain gets worse.
#4. Promotes Clearer Speech
Missing teeth and misaligned jaws can make it harder for your tongue and vocal cords to work efficiently. This can sometimes mean a lisp or other speech impediment that can be frustrating or embarrassing to live with. We recommend working with a Speech Language Pathology along with our team at Sawgrass Orthodontics to align your bite so that you can learn to speak clearly!
#5. Assists in Keeping Teeth and Gums Clean
Oral hygiene habits are the first step to a healthy and clean mouth. But the second step is orthodontics! This is because no matter how diligent you are at keeping your teeth clean with brushing and flossing, crooked teeth make it easier to trap particles and plaque that lead to tooth decay. Despite your best efforts, your misaligned teeth could be causing cavities or gum disease!
Braces and Invisalign are often our recommendations to shift teeth into their aligned position. This will make it possible to have a healthier and cleaner mouth along with that sparkling, straight smile!
Ready to Find Your Oral Health Solution at Sawgrass Orthodontics?
Solutions to all the problems above can start with a free consultation at Sawgrass Orthodontics. We are your Sunrise and Weston team, ready to tackle any of your oral health challenges. Give us a call soon to schedule your appointment, and we look forward to getting to know your unique needs in order to find the best fit for you!Back to Blog