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4 Reasons to See an Orthodontist

by Dr. Amer Hussain, on Oct 25, 2019 8:05:43 AM

Sometimes we can let things slide by, washing your laundry, booking a not so important appointment but not going to an orthodontist isn’t one of them.  If you have orthodontic issues that need treatment it’s important to get those correct sooner rather than later or not at all.

Orthodontic has no age limit so it doesn’t matter if your 14 or 40, you can still get orthodontic treatment as an adult. Adult braces are becoming more common and if adult braces aren’t appealing to you there are other orthodontic treatment options like Invisalign. 

There are 4 reasons why you should see an orthodontist and they are: 

  1.  Helps prevent future problems and alleviate current one 
  2. Improves self-esteem 
  3. Improves function of your teeth 
  4. Better eating, breathing and sleeping

Reason One: Helps prevent future problems and alleviates current ones
Your mouth, teeth and jaw can have a significant impact on your overall health that you may not even realize. Orthodontic issues like malocclusions and misaligned jaws can lead to lead to jaw aches and pains, headaches, earaches, stomach and digestion problems, speech problems and more. 

When you correct your orthodontic issues you actually can alleviate some symptoms like headaches, earaches, jaw pain etc. Correcting these issues also helps align your jaw which improves the overall function of your teeth, this means you will have a reduced risk for uneven wear and tear on your teeth, improved digestion and chewing, as well as clearer speech. 

Reason Two: Improved Self-esteem
There have been countless studies conducted on the benefits of having straight teeth and have found a correlation between improved self-esteem and straight teeth. There is age old saying “when you feel good, you look good” and the same can be applied when it comes to fixing your teeth. 

Reason Three: Improved function of your teeth
When your teeth are straight and properly aligned, they will work together better. A balanced and aligned jaw allows the teeth to exert force evenly, so for instance when your chewing your teeth are working together and having an even pressure. If you jaw and teeth are misaligned, some teeth may have more pressure exerted unevenly which will result in premature wear and tear.  

Improved function of teeth has also been linked to a decline in stomach and gastro problems, improved breathing and more. 

Reason Four: Better sleeping and breathing
When you have orthodontic issues like crowded teeth or crooked teeth, you might be more susceptible to sleeping issues like bruxisms and sleep apnea. When your teeth are straight, it can lead to improved sleep and a reduced chance of developing sleep apnea. If your teeth and jaw are uneven, it may feel more comfortable breathing through your mouth as you sleep. Even though this doesn’t sound that bad, it can lead to a host of sleep problems. 

In conclusion, some things in life can wait. Seeing an orthodontist shouldn’t be one of them. Your teeth, jaw and mouth can affect many areas of your body, that’s why it’s important to address any issues with your mouth. Book your free orthodontic consultation today!  


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