Happy October, everybody! Along with Halloween, fall treats and the holidays quickly approaching, it’s also National Orthodontic Health Month! We’re excited for this time of the year because we get to let you in on some helpful tidbits when it comes to your oral health. Taking care of your teeth and gums is important and can alleviate serious dental health issues. That’s why we like to celebrate your orthodontic health! Orthodontics plays a key role in developing healthy oral hygiene habits that you can take with you for the rest of your life. Read on for more reasons why orthodontics is imperative to your health.
Orthodontic Health Is Important
The benefits of orthodontics go beyond a beautiful smile. Having straight teeth alleviates oral health issues like tooth decay, since you can properly clean between your teeth. Crowded and crooked teeth not only make it difficult to properly clean your teeth, biting and chewing can be challenging as well. Misaligned teeth can be uncomfortable and can lead to self-confidence issues. In addressing your orthodontic health now, you can help to alleviate problems that can affect you later on in life.
Taking Care of Your Smile
When you have braces or Invisalign, proper oral care is an essential part of your success. Orthodontic treatment gives you the chance to learn proper oral hygiene habits, such as correct brushing and flossing techniques. It also gives you the chance to embrace accountability and responsibility for things, like:
- Brushing regularly
- Utilizing mouthwash to kill germs
- Making it to orthodontist appointments
- Avoiding too many sugary drinks/foods
- Keeping track of Invisalign trays
- Wearing Invisalign aligners properly and for the correct amount of time each day
This type of responsibility can impact you and stay with you well into adulthood. Even if you’re an adult who’s going through orthodontic treatment, you too can benefit from these added responsibilities.
Orthodontic Treatment and a Healthier You
Orthodontic treatment also promotes a healthier well-being. Since it’s best to avoid sugary treats and chewy foods when you have braces or Invisalign, you develop better habits that help you to avoid tooth decay and other serious problems. Some foods are simply not recommended when you have braces, and as it turns out, avoiding these foods when you have braces can lead to not even desiring them when your braces come off. You’ll be developing better eating habits, which leads to a healthier you.
Your Orthodontic Health
Orthodontic health is an important part of life. Some serious health issues can arise when you’re not properly taking care of your teeth and gums. Orthodontic treatment helps to teach you the proper ways to take care of yourself. Learn proper brushing and flossing techniques while you avoid unhealthy foods. Boost your self-confidence while you work on accepting more responsibilities in life. Orthodontic treatment is more than just a path to a priceless smile. It’s a path toward a healthier you. So, Happy Orthodontic Health Month! Celebrate by being good to yourself!
The team at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists is ready to help you achieve a beautiful smile. Contact us at (843) 4-BRACES to get started today!