Learn How Orthodontics Can Improve Your Overall Health
As we enter National Orthodontic Health Month this October, it’s the perfect time to remind ourselves just how important orthodontic care is for your dental, oral, and overall health. At Maison BE Dental Studio in New York, NY, Dr. Ellen Katz is committed to helping patients enhance and protect the appearance, functionality, and health of their smiles with a wide range of dental and orthodontic services, including Invisalign® clear aligners. In this blog, we’ll cover the important role that orthodontic treatment can play in keeping your teeth – and more – as healthy and beautiful as possible.
Do I need orthodontic treatment?
When we think of orthodontic treatments, like braces, expanders, or clear aligners, we often think of them as being cosmetic in nature. While many orthodontic treatment plans seem to be undertaken primarily for cosmetic reasons, the overall benefits for the health and function of a patient’s smile are arguably just as important as the aesthetic enhancements that can be made. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for orthodontic care is to schedule a consultation with our qualified dental and orthodontic providers in New York, NY.
Why is orthodontic care important?
In addition to the cosmetic and psychological benefits of straightening your teeth, orthodontic care offers patients the opportunity to improve their overall health and prevent future complications associated with crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or other orthodontic concerns that can make eating, chewing, speaking, brushing, flossing, and other activities challenging or even impossible. Some of the most common problems that can occur as a result of uncorrected orthodontic issues include:
- Tooth decay
- Damaged tooth/teeth
- Tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Poor nutrition
- Speech problems
By straightening the teeth and correcting the bite through orthodontics, patients are able to better care for their teeth and, in many cases, reverse or prevent these (and other) health problems.
Should I get Invisalign aligners or braces?
Patients interested in correcting cosmetic concerns and improving their oral health with orthodontic care often wonder whether traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear aligners are right for them. The answer can vary from person to person and depends on a number of individual factors, including the nature and severity of their concerns, their overall lifestyle, their age, and others. For example, young children are often better suited to traditional braces, as they may not be mature enough yet to keep up with their aligners and/or wear their aligners often enough. Patients who are hoping for the most discreet treatment possible, as well as those who play sports or musical instruments and would benefit from the removable nature of clear aligners, often choose Invisalign treatment.
Some patients assume that the extent of their orthodontic issues would disqualify them from Invisalign aligners. However, many of the same issues that can be corrected with traditional braces can also be effectively treated with Invisalign treatment.
During your initial consultation for orthodontic treatment in NYC, Dr. Katz will carefully assess your needs and determine if orthodontic care is right for you and, if so, which treatment approach may best help you achieve your desired outcome.
Keep your teeth stronger, healthier, and more beautiful with orthodontic care in New York, NY
We all want our smile to look its best, and modern orthodontic care can help make that dream a reality. What’s more, correcting orthodontic concerns can boost your overall health as well. And since October is National Orthodontic Health Month, there’s no better time to take the first step toward safeguarding your smile by scheduling an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Ellen Katz at Maison BE Dental Studio in New York, NY today.