Braces are one of the most effective methods for straightening and aligning teeth, and come in a variety of materials. The most common type of braces are metal. Improvements in technology have made metal braces much more comfortable, attractive, and less bulky than braces from previous generations.
Braces can greatly help your dental hygiene by aligning your teeth, thus making it easier to ensure thorough brushing and flossing are maintained. Additionally, when you have exemplary oral hygiene, you reduce the risk of oral diseases. Teeth that are crooked and misaligned are more likely to result in a buildup of food and tartar over the course of time. The result of this buildup is more plaque, which plays a large role in gum and periodontal disease. Braces help create the pristine environment needed for maintaining good oral health.
When your teeth aren’t aligned properly, eating can become a painful process as teeth make contact with sensitive gum tissue. Braces can greatly improve the quality of your life by making biting and chewing comfortable again. While the results aren’t instantaneous, as time goes by, you’ll find that your teeth slowly re-adjust into a comfortable position.
Misaligned teeth can mean that some teeth are being placed under far more pressure then they’re meant to. When this problem isn’t corrected, those teeth will start to wear down from the extra stress. Eventually, teeth can begin to crack or break altogether. One of the benefits of braces is that they provide the extra necessary support that your teeth need in order to prevent deterioration. This can be especially helpful if you lead an active lifestyle that involves a lot of sports.