A question we get often from parents and patients is if orthodontics is needed for medical reasons or simply just to treat cosmetic concerns. Aesthetics can be a big motivating factor for some to make the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment. Not having underlying oral health problems is no reason to abort treatment. A beautiful smile is something most people want for themselves and there is nothing wrong with orthodontic treatment for that reason alone. First impressions are important and no matter what you believe, it is a proven fact that people do judge us first on our looks alone. But, orthodontics is not reserved just for aesthetics, or for perfecting your cosmetic first impression appearance. It is so much more.
There is a wide range of medical conditions that can be reduced or eliminated by undergoing orthodontic treatment such as:
- Deviated septum (with a combination of orthodontics and surgery)
- Cleft lip and cleft palate (with a combination of orthodontics and surgery)
- Bite correction
- Improve position of the jaw
- Improve some sleep disorders
- Reduce or eliminate snoring
- Teeth grinding (reduce or slow the progression of future damage to teeth and gums)
Certain speech and chewing problems can be improved or corrected completely with orthodontics. It reduces the complexity of other future dental treatments as well. When the space between the teeth is aligned correctly, they are easier to clean effectively, reducing the chance for decay, uneven wear, and tooth loss. If you have already experienced tooth loss, orthodontics can also help to realign your remaining teeth.
If you are looking to correct a medical concern with orthodontics, you will likely benefit aesthetically as well, so they are not exclusive to one another. Giving you a beautiful AND healthy smile is why we do what we do every day. There is no reason you need to justify getting orthodontic treatment, since any reason is a good reason if it makes you feel better about yourself, if it improves your overall health, or even both!
If you are considering orthodontic treatment for your child, there are many advantages to starting orthodontic treatment at a young age, especially if you are concerned about a medical issue or their self-confidence. If you would like to discuss how orthodontics can help you or your child, contact us today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting you and helping you get your SmileOn.