Why You May Want Braces

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find an individual who hasn’t had orthodontic treatment at some point in their life. Modern technology and advances in medicine have allowed orthodontia to become more accessible than ever. So, if you are wondering if it is worth forking out the funds for braces, read on to discover some of the reasons why you should definitely consider it.

Crooked Teeth

The first reason many people want to go through orthodontic treatment with braces is that they have crooked teeth. Mildly crooked teeth, alone, are not a serious health concern. Most people aren’t born with perfectly straight teeth. However, having overlapping teeth or gaps can make them more difficult to maintain free of food and plaque, commonly leading to cavities, periodontal disease and other dental health issues. Braces straighten your teeth and align them so that you can easily and effectively keep your teeth and gums healthy. In the end, this will lower your risks for serious dental issues and keep you feeling healthier overall.

Misaligned Jaw

Another common reason people get braces is that they have a misaligned jaw or jaws. If this is the case, people often experience pain, swelling, headaches, difficulty chewing, and more. If left untreated, these problems can expand to become more serious issues and lead to other health problems, as well. Once again, getting braces helps to prevent or correct these health concerns. Along with adjusting the alignment of your teeth, braces can also help align and correct your bite, minimizing headaches, chewing problems, and even lisps. 

Airway and Breathing

Many people don’t realize that how easily they breathe is related to the size of their jaws and their tongue.  They are even more surprised to find out that these factors that affect breathing are also related to their bite and the position of their teeth.  Braces, with the help of additional appliances like an expander and in some cases, a functional appliance like a Herbst appliance,  can help to ensure that you have adequate space in your mouth for your tongue, while also enlarging your airway space.  As this happens you may discover that you breathe more easily during exercise and that you get better, more restful sleep after treatment with braces!  


Lastly, another big reason why many people choose to get braces is that they aren’t confident in their smile as it is. Their feelings of self-consciousness are likely related to crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw–both of which can be remedied via orthodontic treatment. While every person’s smile is as beautiful and unique as they are, most people prefer the look of a straight, aligned smile. By choosing orthodontic treatment, you’ll be able to have a smile you love within a relatively short amount of time. 

Getting braces is a beneficial option for many reasons. Health-wise, getting braces allows you to take better care of your teeth and lowers your risk of cavities and other dental issues. Confidence-wise, getting braces can help you feel more comfortable with your smile and boost your self-esteem.

McAllister Orthodontics has been providing people with high-quality orthodontic care for years. Click here to learn more and schedule your free consultation today!