October is National Orthodontic Health Month. TNT Orthodontics spends this month working to increase awareness among our patients of the positive impact orthodontic care has on their oral health and self-esteem! More than 1.2 million American adults are currently sporting braces, so let’s dive into some facts about orthodontics and how it does more than simply give you a better smile.
According to Merriam-Webster, Orthodontics is “a branch of dentistry dealing with irregularities of the teeth (such as malocclusion) and their correction (as by braces).” Orthodontic treatment creates healthy bites which in turn makes it much easier for you to bite, chew, and even speak. If your teeth are crowded, spaced too far apart, or if you have an over- /under-bite, orthodontic correction might be for you. Depending on your specific orthodontic needs, your doctor may recommend braces or aligners. These are the appliances orthodontists use most often to guide your teeth into place, while retainers are used to preserve and stabilize your results after finishing orthodontic treatment.
Abnormal bites usually become noticeable between the ages six and twelve, and orthodontic treatment typically begins between ages eight and fourteen. Getting orthodontic treatment while you’re still growing helps you achieve the optimal outcome and has many benefits beyond a nice smile, it also results in a healthier mouth. Not undergoing treatment when you need it could result in oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, jaw problems, and even tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment has typically been associated with children and teens, but in recent years many adults have been seeking treatment to correct long-standing dental issues or problems that have developed from maturational changes.
At TNT Orthodontics, we know nothing makes a better first impression, or gives a person more self-confidence, than a healthy smile. Experience the highest quality orthodontic treatment, delivered in a friendly environment. Call today to schedule your complimentary exam.