Yes and no, can they improve the appearance of our smile? Then the answer is a resounding yes. But is that the entire purpose of braces? Not at all, there are many dental health benefits to using braces and there are plenty of satisfied users all over the world, so much so that many have begun the treatment as adults if they missed the opportunity to do so earlier. Learn more about all the ways that cosmetic dentistry and braces can improve our smile from our Charlottesville, VA, and Zion Crossroads, VA, dental professionals of Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Aaron Stump, Dr. Taylor Smith, and Dr. Jennifer Dixon.
Crowded and crooked teeth pose more than just aesthetic problems for our smile, and the key to many of those problems has to do with plaque. Plaque clings onto our teeth and builds again every day. Good dental hygiene habits can help keep it at bay, but teeth that are too close together can make it difficult to clean in between them, allowing the bacteria that live inside plaque a space to hide. Larger gaps can allow food to become stuck, creating a similar situation. Braces straighten our teeth and correct the crowding, thus providing us with a smile that is much easier to maintain clean and healthy. Talk to your Charlottesville, VA, cosmetic dentist about different treatments.
Along with spacing and crowding, braces also help correct a number of bite conditions such as overbites, crossbites, open bites, among others. A misaligned bite can affect the way we chew our food and the way we speak. It can also make us more prone to dental accidents, such as chipping or cracking, and can wear down our teeth over time as they rub against one another. Another possible complication is TMJ, a disorder of the temporomandibular joint that can result in pain at the site and other complications as a result of the condition itself.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Charlottesville, VA
If you are ready to explore the benefits of braces schedule a consultation today with Dr. Stump, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Dixon of Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry in Charlottesville, VA, by dialing 434-975-7336 for the Charlottesville, VA, office and 540-832-6657 for the Zion Crossing, VA, office.