Braces Heal More Than Your Smile

Are you considering looking for an orthodontist in the Florence, Ky area?  Are you unsure if you or your family truly needs orthodontic treatment?  Did you know that braces aren’t just a vanity treatment?  Of course, properly aligned teeth can be attractive and appealing, but they are also healthier for your body as a whole.  Here are the many ways that visiting an orthodontist can aid your health.

·        Brushing

When your teeth are misaligned or overlapping more food can get trapped between them.  It may be difficult to floss and some children and adults may avoid flossing because it’s painful and frustrating.  Properly aligned teeth are easier to floss and brush.

·        Speech

Did you know that your speech is directly affected by your teeth and tongue?  As you speak, your tongue presses up against the back of your teeth.  Crowded, crooked, or protruding teeth can lead to speech impediments.  Improper ability to communicate clearly has the potential to hurt confidence levels.

·        Wear & Tear

Just like when a car is out of alignment and there is uneven wear on your tires, your teeth can have uneven wear when they’re misaligned.  This can have serious consequences for your dental health.  When your bite isn’t aligned, it can erode the bone in your teeth and jaw unevenly causing pressure on the jaw.  This can cause clicking, headaches, TMJ, even poor digestion!

·        Eating

How in the world do misaligned teeth affect your digestion??  Digestion starts in the mouth, where food is broken down and stomach acids begin to activate.  When your teeth and/or bite aren’t lined up, you can be swallowing pieces of food that aren’t adequately broken down.  Once these particles hit your stomach it has to work in overdrive, sometimes creating too much stomach acid which can lead to stomach aches and poor digestion.

·        Accidents

Braces can actually be a preventive safety measure for your teeth.  When you have protruding teeth you have a higher risk of breakage and permanent damage.  Also when teeth are protruding, crowded, or crooked, you may have a hard time finding a mouth guard that fits.

If you’re starting to feel orthodontic treatment may be right for you and your family, please contact Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics today for a free consultation.  We have offices conveniently located in Florence, Ft. Mitchell, Cincinnati and Anderson.