When it comes to orthodontic treatment, many patients wonder… is it worth it? What results will I see? What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment? These are all perfectly normal questions.
Braces can straighten teeth, close gaps in teeth, and better space out teeth, all resulting in a more confident smile. The assumption is that braces are primarily about improving appearance. But that's only one of the many benefits of straight teeth:
- Alleviate unnecessary wear and grinding that can lead to TMJ, ineffective chewing and digestion problems, and even neck pain or headaches
- Teeth are less prone to injury
- Improves oral health--teeth are easier to brush and floss
- Leads to healthier gums, better prevention of cavities and periodontal disease
An attractive smile can contribute to a positive self-image. When you come to Smiles in Joplin for a consultation about braces, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive exam and discuss whether and what kind of braces are best for you. Call us at 417-782-2021 to schedule an appointment.
Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth (by the tongue and palate), rather than in front, and therefore offer a great cosmetic alternative for those who want their teeth straightened without the braces showing. This partly explains why they are more common among adults than children. One other advantage is that if you play a wind instrument or a sport, lingual braces are easier to adapt to than traditional braces.
Not everyone can wear lingual braces. The teeth must be long enough to provide sufficient room to glue the braces on the inside of the teeth; therefore, lingual braces may not work for children or someone with especially small teeth. You also cannot wear lingual braces if you have excessive bite problems.Read more about Lingual Braces