Wilmette, IL – Your smile is an important part of who you are. Your smile greets the world. But your smile also has an impact on your health. If you’ve been putting off orthodontic treatment, no matter the reason, make 2022 the year you discover the health benefits orthodontic treatment can have.
“Everyone is aware of the most obvious benefits of orthodontic treatment,” says Dr. Sara Spector of iDentity Orthodontics in Wilmette IL. “A straighter, more beautiful smile is a huge advantage to getting orthodontic treatment. But braces and aligners can also improve your oral health, thereby improving your overall health.”
So, what are the health benefits to orthodontic treatment?
Let’s look at the positive effects orthodontic treatment can have on your oral health.
- Reduced risk of tooth decay. Teeth that are crooked, crowded, and misaligned are more difficult to clean properly. Your toothbrush can’t adequately clean the surfaces of each tooth, leading to an increased risk of decay and cavities.
- Reduced risk of gum disease. Teeth that aren’t cleaned properly also have a risk of plaque build-up, which over time, can lead to gum disease. Ther can cause gums that bleed, or that are inflamed or sore.
- Reduced jaw pain. An abnormal bite puts a lot of strain on your jaw joints, which can lead to jaw and facial pain and headaches.
But why is ther important to your overall health? Your oral health can provide an important link to your overall health. Many studies show that oral bacteria and severe gum disease play a role in other more serious health issues. These include:
- Endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the chambers or valves of your heart, occurs when bacteria from another part of your body spread through your bloodstream and attach to areas in the heart.
- Cardiovascular disease, such as clogged arteries and stroke, may be linked to infections oral bacteria can cause.
- Birth complications, such as premature birth and low birth weight, have been linked to periodontitis.
- Pneumonia can be caused by certain bacteria in the mouth being pulled into the lungs.
Orthodontic treatment paired with an excellent oral care routine can help ward off potential health risks. By straightening your teeth and properly aligning your jaw, you’ll be creating an environment that is easier to keep clean. And that will keep bacteria that can cause harm in the rest of your body at bay.
You are never too old to seek out the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Spector and her team at iDentity Orthodontics treat patients of all ages, using clear or metal braces, Invisalign, and iD clear aligners. Call iDentity Orthodontics today to schedule your complimentary consultation, 847-548-4200 (Grayslake office) or 224-408-2200 (Wilmette office).