October, otherwise known as the month of sweets and treats, is about celebrating and educating orthodontics! There are currently more than 4 million children and 1 million adults receiving treatment in Canada and looking forward to a beautiful, healthy smile!
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is “malocclusion,” which means “bad bite.” Thepractice of orthodontics requires the professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.
Why is Orthodontics important?
Orthodontics can boost a person’s self-image as an attractive smile is just one of the benefits. Problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, and chewing and digestive difficulties may occur if without orthodontic treatment. A bad bite if left untreated could contribute to speech impairments, chipped teeth, tooth loss and other dental injuries. Preventing or alleviating physical health problems is the greatest benefit of orthodontics.
Here are just a few of the advantages of orthodontic treatment.
- Added self-confidence
- A more professional image
- Better dental health, since food particles are easily trapped and hidden in crooked teeth
- An aligned and comfortable bite
- Reduced chances of developing bruxism (teeth grinding) and painful TMJ disorders
- Improved facial aesthetics
- Whiter teeth, since straight teeth are easier to clean
- A lowered risk of gum disease, because gums attach straight teeth more securely
What should I be aware of this October?
During the Halloween season, brushing and flossing your teeth is even more important due to the fact that teeth usually receive more exposure to sweets and sugars that can cause cavities. During this month of sticky, crunchy, hard, chewy and sweet treats it’s important to remember keep your orthodontic braces and appliances clean! You may think that not brushing might not have an effect, but it does! Teeth and braces that are covered in plaque and sticky residues cause increased inflammation in the mouth which makes it harder for teeth to move!
If you have orthodontic braces and/or appliances, try to avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum and candy with nuts. Opt for softer treats that melt in your mouth if you just cannot keep yourself away from the sugary goodness. Remember to take care of your teeth and braces so your treatments stays on track, but be sure to enjoy the season!
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