Health Benefits of Orthodontic Braces

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Orthodontic Braces in London

Orthodontic braces have increasingly popular with both women and men in London who would like to have their teeth straightened. At Whites Dental, London orthodontists offer a range of orthodontic brace options for teenagers and adults alike in London – these include fixed braces and Invisalign clear braces to give you a beautiful straight smile. No longer are orthodontic braces associated just with traditional metal fixed braces that we have all seen children and teenagers wear. With advances in orthodontic technology, a wide range of brace options are now available to suit every need. Braces today are a lot more discreet and so much more comfortable than what they were a few decades ago, providing patient’s a range of options to straighten their teeth. If you want to straighten your smile with orthodontic braces, you can book a free consultation with one of our orthodontists in London. Simply email us pictures of your smile and our dentists will provide you a free estimate for your braces treatment.

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When you think of braces, what is the first image that comes to your mind? If you had braces before or had close family members who did, you will probably remember that you did not get to eat some of your favourite food such as candy and popcorn. You may also remember your orthodontist forever reminding you about not forgetting to wear and change your rubber bands on your braces. And chances also are that when someone mentions orthodontic braces, you think of your straighter smile more than anything else. Although braces play a central role in achieving a straighter smile, they are also benefits to your oral health and overall wellbeing. We have listed below some of the benefits of orthodontic braces that can have a significant impact on your overall health.

Reduced risk of oral disease

As braces work to straighten your teeth, deep crevices often associated with misaligned teeth begin to diminish. These deep crevices allow food to get trapped and stay trapped for long durations of time, allowing for harmful bacteria to develop and foster.

This build-up of harmful bacteria can then turn into plaque and lead to gum disease if not treated. It can also increase the risk of tooth decay and the development of caries or cavities in your teeth. Straightening your teeth helps reduce these deep crevices and therefore enables you to clean your entire mouth properly, preventing the development of gum disease and cavities.

If gum disease is left untreated, it can manifest itself with symptoms such as red or swollen gums, bad breath, bleeding gums, painful chewing and heightened sensitivity. It can also lead to health issues that can go far beyond just oral issues.

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Academic studies have linked gum disease to conditions including higher blood sugar levels, heart disease and also preterm deliveries for pregnant women. Caries if left untreated can lead for loss of tooth integrity and structure and even tooth loss. Preventing gum disease and caries through orthodontic braces treatment to straighten your teeth helps keep your oral and overall health in good shape. Please see on the left comparison between a healthy tooth and a tooth affected by gum disease.

In orthodontics braces treatment in London, lately there is an increasingly popular sentiment wherein the focus is on straightening the visible teeth of the patient without sufficiently addressing the manner in which the patients teeth bite together. Straightening teeth without fixing the bite enables braces treatment to finish faster; however it’s important that the bite is correct as well.

Fix jaw problems

At Whites Dental, we take measures to correct not only your visible teeth and straighten your smile, but also align your bite and jaws at the same time. This leads to significant benefits for the patient.

Teeth that are misaligned can induce stress on your jaw, which can lead to dysfunction of the jaw joint over time. Teeth misalignment is also referred to as malocclusion. Correcting malocclusion enables the pattern of your bite to improve and prevents your teeth from unevenly wearing down. Moreover, if your jaw is not properly aligned, teeth can eventually become weakened and become susceptible to breaking, chipping and cracking, which can eventually lead to infection or extraction. Orthodontic braces can help to prevent discomfort and pain that can result when issues such as these are left untreated. We have provided a picture below of teeth that have malocclusion. The person likely had difficulty chewing and would likely have experienced worn down and weakened teeth if the malocclusion hasn’t been fixed.

Injury and Other Health Issues

Orthodontic braces provide immense benefit by correcting jaw alignment. It is equally important to correct the bite in order to avoid protruding front teeth (also referred to as buck teeth). If protruding front teeth are not corrected, especially in young children aged between 6 and 10 years old, it can have potentially hazardous consequences. Young children who participate in high-contact sports are particularly at high risk. In addition to injuries related to sports, academic studies have demonstrated that an improper bite leads to poor chewing ability, which can in turn lead to more significant issues such as poor digestion and absorption of nutrients in the stomach. In some cases, there can also be a risk of a reflux to swallowing larger pieces of food that hasn’t been properly chewed and broken down into smaller chunks, affecting the stomach lining and enamel of the tooth in turn. Orthodontic braces treatment can help correct these issues, enabling you to have better overall health. Braces therefore provide significant benefits to improving not just your teeth and oral health, but also your overall health.

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At Whites Dental, our dentists are very experienced at providing a  braces treatment and are passionate about orthodontics. We provide a wide variety of braces including lingual braces, fixed metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign invisible braces. Book an appointment with us in London Waterloo by calling or emailing our friendly reception team. We are a quick walk from London Bridge, Elephant and Castle, Southbank and Borough Market.

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