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Did you know that braces can help improve your oral health as well as your appearance? Straightened teeth have several benefits, and they aren’t just for children, teens and young adults anymore. Many adults have appreciated the healthier smiles that come with an aligned bite.

With the help of brackets, wires, and ligatures (little rubber bands) working together, they apply steady, constant pressure to teeth over a period of time. This gradual tension moves not just teeth but the oral tissues and blood vessels that surround those shifting teeth. This movement affects the gum ligaments and alveolar bone that is reabsorbed and reformed.

An aligned outcome for your teeth will help you take better daily oral care of them. Brushing and flossing are only effective if dental plaque and trapped food particles are removed daily. But when your teeth are crooked or crowded, bacteria may build up and you find yourself unable to clean those crowded spaces properly. This puts you at increased risk of succumbing to cavities or gingivitis.

And it’s not just oral hygiene that braces can improve. When the teeth aren’t properly aligned, they can wear unevenly resulting in tooth enamel erosion. When the teeth are misaligned, you may find yourself with speech and chewing issues, and the bone and oral tissues around the teeth can also be harmed.

If you would like to know how braces might improve your oral health, please give our Beautiful New Smiles team a call at 626-458-8898 for an appointment in Alhambra, California. Our orthodontists, Dr. Nehi Ogbevoen is ready to help you create the healthy, aligned smile you have always wanted!