Wellness Tips | 14 September, 2020

Orthodontics & Wellness

We believe wellness starts with your mouth. Whether that be what you eat and drink, your breathing patterns or your oral health, your mouth is the window to many other systems in your body. So how does orthodontics benefit your health and wellness?

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating facial and dental irregularities. The most common orthodontic treatments revolve around straightening crooked or crowded teeth, but orthodontics also includes correcting painful and misaligned jaws or bites (malocclusion), preventing tooth movement, assessing dental and facial growth, and even treating some forms of sleep apnoea.

Whilst some dentists have undergone further training and can perform certain orthodontic treatments, there are specialist orthodontists that complete extensive post-graduate specialist orthodontic training to become solely focussed on aligning smiles. Whilst there are differences, dentists and orthodontists work together to improve your oral wellness and ensure you’re getting the best results for your health and wellbeing.

Orthodontics and Oral Wellness

Before we talk about the overall effects orthodontic treatment can have on your wellness, let’s first talk about what it can do for your oral wellness.

Many people look at teeth straightening from an aesthetic point of view, but correcting straight teeth actually plays a big role in improving oral wellness. Brushing and flossing can be a little harder with crooked teeth, therefore, it’s easier for food and bacteria to build up between them. By correcting crooked teeth, orthodontics can reduce the risks of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth wear by making it easier for you to care for your mouth.

Confidence Booster

Every smile is unique and as dentists, we celebrate that, but sometimes a crooked smile can lower your self-esteem. That’s where orthodontic treatment comes in!

By using orthodontic treatments such as braces or Invisalign we can correct crooked or crowded teeth so you can be smiling confidently in no time. Now, we aren’t saying you’ll get an automatic self-confidence boost from a straight smile but it goes a long way to helping you feel (and look) great.

The feel good factor!

A straight smile can help your mental wellness. Yep, that’s right - your mental wellbeing can be positively affected by orthodontic treatment!

Achieving the smile you’ve always dreamed of means you’re going to want to show it off. So, after you’ve straightened your smile you’ll hopefully be smiling more and more.

Orthodontics is more than just aesthetics. The benefits of undergoing orthodontic treatment includes functional improvements, oral wellness, boosting self-esteem and improving your mental wellbeing. The ripple effects of creating a confident, healthy smile using orthodontics can also flow throughout our body helping to improve our overall wellness.

We want you smiling confidently every day of the week. Book a consultation with your nearest orthodontic practitioner and find out about aligning your smile. 


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