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Braces are a common rite of passage for many teens and adults. But the benefits of orthodontic treatment go beyond the immediately noticeable cosmetic changes. Braces, functional appliances, and retainers can have huge health benefits, impacting almost every aspect of your life.

At Dental Concepts & Orthodontics in Salinas, CA, our team provides outstanding orthodontia for the whole family. Our resident orthodontist, Dr. Robert Sutter gets to know each patient personally, ensuring not only quality care but also a pleasant experience every time you come into the office.

To learn more about how orthodontia can benefit you or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.

Reduced Risk of Dental Decay and Periodontal Disease

Crowded or overlapping teeth can easily trap bacteria. Plus, if the spaces between teeth are particularly tight, it can be difficult to floss. As bacterial accumulate, plaque and tartar will form. In turn, bacteria will start to erode the dental enamel, and a cavity will develop.

Bacteria can also lead to periodontitis, or gum disease, a condition affecting 47.2% of American adults. Periodontitis causes gum inflammation and bleeding. In the advanced stages, you could experience gum recession and even tooth loss.

Improved Oral Function

When your whole bite is improperly aligned, this is known as malocclusion. There are several types of malocclusion, including overbites, underbites, cross bites, and open bites. If you suffer from any of these conditions, your teeth will not come together correctly when you bite down.

Malocclusion can make eating uncomfortable, and certain foods may prove difficult or even impossible to enjoy. Furthermore, when your bite puts more force on some teeth than on others, this can lead to erosion and other structural damage.

Less Stress on Your TMJs

Malocclusion can also put excessive force on your jaw joints, or TMJs. The strain can cause muscle inflammation and TMJ Disorder. Symptoms of TMD include chronic facial pain, jaw stiffness, difficulty chewing, and frequent headaches, among others.

Orthodontic treatment can sometimes prevent TMD. In other cases, orthodontia may be the most effective way to treat existing TMJ Disorder.

Clearer Breathing

Mouth breathing is often a source of unkind jokes, but the condition leads to more than cruel teasing. Mouth breathing can dry out the oral tissues and lead to sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Studies show a clear connection between malocclusion and mouth breathing. What is unclear is the exact correlation. Does mouth breathing lead to malocclusion or vice versa? Either way, children or adults who suffer from obstructed breathing should receive treatment from a committed team of both orthodontic and respiratory health professionals.

Improved Speech

Children with severe malocclusion may suffer from speech impediments. Improper tongue position can make it difficult to properly pronounce certain consonants. Again, these patients will likely benefit from a treatment team, composed of orthodontists, physicians, and speech therapists.

Enhanced Appearance

Finally, of course, orthodontic treatment can improve your appearance. Whether you suffer from slightly crooked teeth or overall bite imbalance, orthodontia can help you look younger and healthier. It can also improve your facial contours and the proportions of your lower face. And with your improved look will likely come a much greater sense of self-confidence.

Schedule an Orthodontic Evaluation

Enjoy the many benefits of orthodontia for yourself. Contact our Salinas, CA, office to schedule your appointment.

Call us today at (831) 443-3633.