The first thing you will notice when you complete your orthodontic treatment is that it will be hard to resist showing off your beautiful new smile to the world. For most people, the cosmetic benefit of undergoing treatment may have been the primary motivator, but did you know that there are numerous other physical benefits that you will experience during and after your treatment? Here, we look into the top four health benefits of braces that you too could experience.
Increased Nutrition Absorption
Through undergoing orthodontic treatment, your bite will also greatly improve which means that when you eat, your mouth will be more effective at breaking down your food. Bite issues often impact on how you are able to chew, so when the teeth are able to make better contact, processing your food is much more effective. This results in your body being able to process the nutrients in your food with greater ease and increases your body’s efficiency in absorbing all the good minerals and vitamins.
Reduced Lifestyle Related Diseases
Many studies have shown a strong link between bad oral health and an increase in lifestyle related diseases. Risks such as heart disease are frequently addressed as one major issue that can be reduced when the right dental hygiene routine is used. If you improve your hygiene it can also minimise the likelihood of pneumonia, stroke and diabetes. For some, braces can benefit by making them more aware of their oral care, and if maintained after treatment it can continue to be highly beneficial for their lifestyle.
Addressing any alignment or bite issue can reduce more pain than just in your teeth and jaw. The tension in your mouth from bad alignment or clenching can have a wider impact on other areas, including discomfort in your shoulders and neck, headaches, migraines and earaches. Even your posture can be affected by the alignment of your teeth, as you could be overcompensating to reduce discomfort.
Improved Oral Health
Did you know that even by having slight rotations of your teeth can considerably reduce your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease? When your teeth are perfectly aligned, there will be fewer areas for bacteria to hide, which could otherwise lead to a range of more complex dental issues. Having a straight smile will also mean that flossing and brushing will be more effective, as you can reach all areas of the mouth to prevent build up.