The most common answer to this question is “a big, beautiful smile!” Certainly, a beautiful smile provides a compelling reason for orthodontic care. But the best reason for orthodontic care is what that smile shows – healthy teeth. Orthodontic care may often be viewed as primarily cosmetic, but it’s really an important part of long-term health care.
Orthodontic problems are often very visible. Overbites, uneven teeth and misalignment of the jaw are recognizable to most people upon casual observation.
However, what isn’t visible, or often known, is that correcting those issues may prevent many health concerns that, left uncorrected, could cause lifelong problems, including:
- Tooth Decay
- Expensive Dental Care
- Abnormal Tooth Wear
- Gum Disease
- Bone Destruction
- TMJ (Jaw Joint) Problems
- Psychological Stigma
- Even Digestive Difficulties
Of course, the feeling that a brilliant smile brings is certainly very important as well. Orthodontic patients and their parents consistently point to improved self-confidence as one of the major benefits of orthodontic care. And one of the best things about orthodontic treatment is that these benefits can last a lifetime. Even after treatment is finished, patients are able to enjoy a continuing positive self-image, great wedding photos, confident job interviews, improved speech, and teeth that are easier to clean.
Today’s orthodontic care is appropriate for children, adolescents and adults. So, please read more about the care you are considering, and may the world smile with you!