Straighter teeth last longer
Having straight teeth is not just about feeling comfortable with how you look, it’s also an investment in your health. So, if you are considering getting braces in Colchester, don’t forget to factor in the long-term benefits to your teeth as well as how much better you will feel about yourself.
Braces in Colchester are not just cosmetic
We have this idea that there are two sorts of braces: ones that greatly improve the way your mouth works so that you can eat and talk properly, and avoid a great deal of pain, and ones that just make you look good.
This is not entirely true. Even if you only have a mild to moderate misalignment, and your upper and lower jaws meet together correctly, your teeth are still not able to do their job properly.
The consequences of misaligned teeth
When your teeth are not properly lined up, meeting together correctly, the forces produced by chewing cannot be evenly distributed around the arch of teeth. Some teeth will bear more of the force than others.
This can create pain in the jaw joint, the neck, shoulders and head. Over time, it can also lead to the teeth taking all the strain could start to crumble away. When this happens, you will have to invest in replacement teeth, either as dentures, fixed bridges or dental implants.
Gum disease and decay
When the teeth are crowded or crooked in some way, such as overlapping and twisting, it is much harder to keep them free from plaque. Brushes and floss just can’t seem to get into all those extra nooks and crannies and bacterial plaque builds up in them. Plaque gives off acids that can erode the enamel and irritate the gums, making you much more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease than you would be if your teeth were correctly aligned.
Once again, you have a much higher risk of having to have teeth removed and then replaced with dentures, bridges or dental implants.
To find out more about how braces in Colchester can help you hang on to your natural teeth for life, come in for a free consultation at Hello Dental.