It’s October! Most people are focused on the spooky decorations. However, in the dental world, it’s National Orthodontic Health Month and it’s an important month to celebrate. This month is a heavy focus on discussing the benefits of orthodontic treatment and the importance of good oral health to receive the healthiest smiles possible.
There are a few things to understand if you do not know anything about orthodontic health. Orthodontic treatment is a way of moving and straightening teeth to improve how they work and their appearance. In the end, orthodontic care makes it easier to clean your teeth. Braces also evenly distribute pressure to all your teeth which helps in the long-term care of teeth, gums, and jaw joints. Most people seek orthodontic care to treat crooked, prominent, or crowded teeth and sometimes an incorrect bite. If these issues are not corrected, it can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease, or even jaw problems.
The most used tools to guide the teeth back into place are braces and invisible aligners. Once the treatment is complete, the position of the teeth is protected by wearing a retainer. While it is mostly kids and teenagers who seek this treatment, there are over a million adults that are seeking orthodontic treatment as well. It is more common for adults to seek treatment to correct long-standing problems and fix any changes.
Caring for your braces and teeth during treatment is extremely important. Try to stay away from any hard, chewy, or crunchy snacks. It can cause damage to your braces. The most important thing to do is to remember to brush and floss. This will protect your healthy teeth more than ever.
If you have any questions or concerns, our orthodontic team is here to help. Reach out to us and allow us to assist you in the journey to your best smile.