How Orthodontics Helps You Fight Cavities

smiling girl holding a ballWhen you think about fixing problems with the spacing of your teeth, you may focus on how much nicer their straighter position appears. Did you know that orthodontic alignment maintains the beauty of your smile by helping you prevent tooth decay as well? By pulling your teeth into a more desirable position, we allow you to more easily access each surface for proper brushing and flossing. This gives long-lasting oral health benefits by protecting your enamel and preventing its erosion from bacterial buildup. When teeth overlap and crowd, they become hard to reach and cavities may form as plaque builds. By straightening your teeth, you can fight cavity development and increase the beauty of your smile in multiple ways!

At your Fort Worth, TX orthodontist’s office, we offer multiple treatments to correct dental misalignment and support the health of your smile. We can evaluate the severity of your malocclusion and recommend a customized treatment plan. We use both Invisalign® clear aligners and traditional braces to bring your teeth into position and help you prevent decay!

When Bacteria Collects Between Crooked Teeth

Any issue that prevents you from accessing and cleaning the entirety of your tooth and gumline can cause bacteria to form a plaque. When your teeth crowd or overlap, you may only brush a partial amount of their surface or have difficulty inserting floss. As plaque forms, bacteria within produce acids that wear away at your surface’s enamel. Over time, this wear creates cavities that compromise the structure of your tooth. You risk infection as bacteria can access the inner pulp of your tooth through the new hole in your enamel. Without prompt treatment, this may necessitate root canal therapy or even pulling the entire tooth. To prevent issues with alignment from leading to decay, discuss treatment options with your orthodontist. You will find how much easier it is to clean a straighter smile!

Orthodontics Lead To Cleaner Teeth

We can determine which orthodontic treatment best addresses your misalignment with an examination at our office. For patients who require traditional bracket-and-wire braces, we provide tooth-colored brackets that minimize the appearance of your appliance throughout the treatment period.

We also offer Invisalign® clear aligners to help you straighten your teeth and prevent decay. Because they are removable, this system allows you to brush and floss your teeth without interacting with the appliance. Taking them off at mealtime also helps prevent food debris from sticking to your device and contributing to plaque buildup.

Talk To Your Fort Worth, TX Orthodontist About Fighting Cavities With A Straighter Smile!

We can help you prevent tooth decay while straightening your smile! When teeth crowd, plaque accumulates in areas that are hard to access. By adjusting your alignment, you can more easily brush and floss the entire mouth. To learn how we can help improve your smile and support your hygiene routine, call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX today at (817) 236-7846.