Much to the chagrin of many a teenager, most Americans need braces at some point in their lives. Braces are designed to align the jaw and straighten any misaligned teeth. The severity of the orthodontic treatment varies by patient, and can sometimes require methods such as headgear. The cost and frustrations that come with braces has many people wondering if they want to bother with braces. Afterall, if the benefits of braces are purely aesthetic, is it worth the trouble? To answer that, we’re going to take a closer look at a different question: Are there medical benefits to braces? 

Braces are good for more than just a pretty smile. Braces slowly realign the jaw to correct a misaligned bite. If a misaligned bit is left untreated it can lead to more painful issues like lockjaw, TMJ disorder and even migraine headaches. If a bite is misaligned too much it can even cause the person to struggle to chew properly, which leads to malnutrition. A proper bite alignment is crucial to not just a person’s oral health, but their overall health. 

Having straight teeth is undeniably aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also helpful when it comes to normal oral hygiene habits. Crooked teeth make it difficult to properly brush or floss. Overtime, neglected areas of the teeth will be more susceptible for rotting and plaque build up. Straight teeth naturally enhance a person’s normal flossing and brushing habits, making them more likely to avoid dental issues down the road. 

We would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to talk about the mental health benefits that come with straight teeth. People who are proud of their smile tend to be more confident, which is a direct indicator of success later in life. Smile with confidence knowing that your teeth are properly aligned!

Braces may be expensive and socially unappealing, but the value in the job they accomplish is not to be underestimated. A properly aligned bite and straight teeth not only look good, they actively contribute to proper oral health. Of course, every person’s experience is unique which is why they should always consult with a dental professional before making any decisions about braces. To learn more visit


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