Orthodontic treatment is mostly associated with teenagers. While it is an appropriate treatment for adolescents, it can also be beneficial for adults. Although, some adults may find themselves asking if it is worth it. If you are someone that has gone through most of their adulthood with crooked teeth, you may ask yourself if it is worth the bother to straighten them. The benefits to your appearance and confidence may seem obvious, but there are health benefits, too. People with straighter teeth are less likely to develop gum disease and tooth decay. They are also less likely to develop jaw disorders.
Confidence In Your Smile
Your smile is the gateway to showing off your happiness and confidence. If you feel self-conscious about your smile, you may be less likely to show it off. That lack of confidence may spill over into other aspects of your life. Getting a straighter smile could make you feel a boost in your overall confidence.
Preventing Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
Misaligned teeth allow for your teeth to create excess hiding spaces for harmful bacteria. Wonky nooks and crannies formed by crooked teeth may make it difficult to thoroughly brush and floss. Ineffective brushing and flossing increases your chances of plaque and tartar buildup. Over time, that plaque and tartar can create decay that can cause cavities and gum disease. Without treatment, both tooth decay and gum disease can progress into quite serious issues.
Lowering Your Risk For TMJ Disorder
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint in your jaw. This hinge allows for movement for chewing, speaking, and biting. Teeth that are not properly aligned can cause undue pressure on this joint, which can increase the risk for developing TMJ disorder. This disorder can cause pain in the face and mouth, headaches, aches in the neck and shoulder, and lockjaw.
Straightening your teeth is worth it at any age
If you dream of a straighter smile, schedule a consultation with Lake Country Orthodontics by calling (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.