Orthodontic Treatment for Your Overall Health

Orthodontic Treatment for Your Overall Health
Posted on 04/16/2016

Of course orthodontic treatments will benefit your oral health, but did you know that they can improve your overall well-being, too? Properly positioned teeth help you to get adequate nutrition and protect your body against the effects on inflammation that can start in the mouth but pop up elsewhere in the body, as well.

Indeed, collaborating with an orthodontist won’t just give you a healthier smile. A well-aligned smile (in terms of both the teeth and the jaws) is better equipped to chew food properly, ensuring that you get the maximum nutrition from it.

It’s also easier to keep a straight smile clean, which will reduce inflammation in the gums. That inflammation appears to have some correlation with other systemic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, so this is another way in which your orthodontist can help your overall health, too.

Don’t forget that braces benefit your emotional health as well. By boosting your self-esteem, a straighter smile can reduce your chances of developing depression and make you more resilient in general.

Patients can choose from a number of different treatment options based on their needs and budget. Conventional braces have straightened patients’ smiles for decades and continue to do so, while an increasing number of patients choose the convenience of Invisalign. That intervention repositions the teeth using removable trays made of a clear plastic material rather than brackets and wires.

You should review all of your treatment options with your orthodontist to make sure you’re making the best choice to fit your needs. For example, if your smile’s appearance during treatment is a priority, Invisalign may be the more suitable system for you. However, if you don’t trust yourself to keep to the schedule of wearing and switching out the Invisalign tray as instructed, you may be better off with standard braces.

If your smile is crooked, orthodontic interventions can improve it and benefit your overall health as well. Contact San Antonio Orthodontics at 210-543-8000 and schedule a consultation to learn more about the advantages of straightening your smile with either braces or Invisalign.