Smiles. Confidence. Happiness.
Orthodontic treatment can potentially improve the appearance, health and function of your teeth. In some cases, improved self-confidence may also be a benefit of orthodontic treatment in adolescent patients *. The following are benefits of orthodontic treatment as outlined by the Australian Society of Orthodontists.
The way we interact with each other is through verbal and non-verbal communication. Our smile is an important non-verbal communicator. People are generally very aware of how teeth look and an attractive smile can play an important role in enhancing self-confidence.
It can be more difficult to clean your teeth when they are crowded and overlapping. Inadequate cleaning is a major factor in tooth decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss. While it is possible to keep even the most crooked teeth clean, having your teeth straightened will make it easier for you to look after them.
There can be an association between bad bites and clenching, grinding, and excessive/uneven wear of teeth.
In severe bites, the teeth can incorrectly bite into the gum. An example of this is a deep bite case where the lower front teeth bite into the gum behind the upper front teeth.
Teeth that stick out are more susceptible to trauma or fracture. Orthodontic correction of such teeth can prevent such trauma and potential tooth loss.
* Jung MH, Evaluation of the effects of malocclusion and orthodontic treatment on self-esteem in an adolescent population. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2010 Aug;138(2):160-6