The reasons to choose cosmetic braces seem obvious. The future of a more beautiful, straight smile sounds wonderful to everyone. Making it to the finish line with the help of treatment that most people won’t even notice you are wearing (we use clear aligner trays rather than traditional wires and brackets) is often an extreme relief. However, you might be surprised to learn that there are some additional, very significant reasons to make the decision to say, “yes” to this orthodontic system. Consider a few new ideas if you are still making up your mind.
Reason #1: You Can Avoid Bruxism
Patients are often unaware that cosmetic braces can actually positively affect their oral health in a variety of ways – not just the esthetic value of their smiles. In many instances, choosing to align your teeth offers protection against teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism). By creating a comfortable bite, your teeth will not come into improper contact with one another – this can completely prevent grinding problems from occurring.
Reason #2: You Can Avoid TMJ Disorder, Too
Similar to the way cosmetic braces can help you avoid bruxism, they might also help you avoid TMJ disorder – a problem that includes stressed, overworked, damaged, or strained jaw joints (your TMJs). When you can chew and comfortably close your teeth together at rest, your jaw joints get to rest, too, preventing the potential for joint strain.
Reason #3: For Improved Hygiene
Misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean than aligned teeth, whether teeth are crooked, spaced apart, overlapping, or otherwise. An aligned smile provides you access to all tooth surfaces, so you can practice effective dental hygiene with ease.