About four million people of all ages wear braces in the US, but we often thinking of teens as the biggest age group for orthodontics. While children and adults can benefit from braces, teens may benefit the most from orthodontics. Continue reading to learn about three major benefits of teen braces.
Improved Dental Health
Dental health is crucial at every age, and the earlier, the better! Crooked teeth can get in the way of proper oral care, as they make brushing and flossing more difficult. When a teen can’t properly brush or floss his/her teeth, they are at risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and various other oral health problems. Braces help to fix crooked teeth and allowing for easier brushing and flossing habits that teens can carry on for life.
The teen years are often awkward and are typically a time of low self-confidence. Not feeling confident in your smile can have a significant impact on your life, as you may refuse to smile in fear of others making fun of you. Crooked teeth or poor teeth structure can also result in a lisp or a speech impediment, but braces can fix this problem before it gets too severe.
While teens may also not feel confident while wearing braces, it’s important to remind them that they will only last a few years, and will bring a lifetime of healthy teeth for a beautiful smile they will always want to show off.
If your teen has poor teeth structure, they may also be dealing with teeth grinding and pain. When a tooth is out of alignment, it’s tempting to rub the other teeth against it, resulting in grinding of the teeth. Grinding can be very bad for teeth and may lead to lost enamel, tooth chips, or jaw pain. Braces help to reduce this tooth and jaw pain by correcting the tooth structure and aligning all teeth.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity
Affinity Dental has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook.