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Address These 3 Oral Problems Easily with Orthodontics

January 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drsimon @ 6:48 am
a patient showing off her healthy smile

When it comes to orthodontics, for many of us, the first thing that comes to mind is metal braces and their usefulness for straightening crooked teeth. But believe it or not, these ingenious orthodontic solutions can do a lot more than just address dental misalignment. These days, a wide array of oral concerns and overall health issues can be addressed with clever orthodontic intervention. Here’s a look at three common oral problems and how orthodontics can assist patients with getting their smiles back on track.

1. Bruxism

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a condition that causes patients to grind or clench their teeth subconsciously, often at nighttime. There are many potential causes for bruxism, and among them is dental misalignment. Bruxism can also lead to jaw pain, as it might impact the temporomandibular joints that are responsible for connecting the jaw to the skull. Fortunately, orthodontics can help to correct the bite so that a patient’s jaw closes properly during sleep—also helping to alleviate any jaw pain.

2. Gum Disease

One of the most significant long-term health benefits of wearing braces is that they assist with the prevention of gum disease. When someone has crooked teeth, it’s much easier for plaque and food particles to become trapped between them—which expedites the progression of gum disease, as these areas are also much more difficult to clean. Wearing braces realigns the teeth so that they aren’t just straighter, but they’re also easier to brush and floss.

3. Digestive Health

The digestive process begins in the mouth; chewing is technically the first step, and if your teeth aren’t properly aligned, they cannot bite, chew, and grind down food as effectively. This can lead to unpleasant issues like malnutrition and indigestion. However, since braces correct bite alignment, they grant a patient improved oral functionality—at least once they come off!

Orthodontic treatment has assisted millions of patients over the years with all kinds of issues, well beyond dental misalignment! If you or someone you know suffers from one of these problems, speaking with your orthodontist about possible answers is a wise move!

About the Practice

Lakewood Orthodontics has proudly served patients and families in the Dallas, TX area for several years under the leadership of Dr. Patricia A. Simon and her skilled team. They’re excited to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment options for patients of all ages, and can easily address orthodontic emergencies. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to schedule a visit for you or someone you know, feel free to contact the practice online or over the phone for additional information or assistance. Telephone: (214) 826-9000.

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