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The Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
By Mill Pond Dental Group
March 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health

How orthodontic treatment from your dentist in Mokena, IL, can make your smile healthier

Everyone knows orthodontic treatment makes your smile more appealing, because straight teeth look better. What isn’t so well known is that orthodontic treatment can also make you and your smile healthier! Dr. Eric Young at Mill Pond Dental in Mokena, IL, offers a wide range of dental services, including orthodontic treatment to help you and your smile be healthy.

Straightening your teeth is a great idea for a lot of reasons. Your smile will look better, but that’s just the beginning of the benefits of orthodontic treatment from your dentist. Consider these important ways orthodontic treatment makes your smile healthier:

  • Straight teeth are easier to keep clean; straight teeth are easier to brush thoroughly and much easier to floss. When your teeth are straight, you don’t have to worry about floss getting caught between your teeth. Pieces of shredded floss are a perfect place for bacteria to grow and thrive, causing decay and gum disease.
  • Straight teeth cause less tooth wear; when your teeth come together well, there is less chance of chipping teeth. Less tooth wear means less chance of expensive dental restorations later on.
  • Straight teeth and a straight bite causes less stress to your jaws; less stress to your jaws means less chance of jaw pain, facial pain, and less chance of problems with your temporomandibular joint, your TMJ.
  • Straight teeth stay cleaner too. There is less chance for bacteria to accumulate between your teeth, which means less chance of gum and periodontal disease when you practice excellent dental hygiene.

When your teeth and gums are healthy, your body stays healthier too. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, an unhealthy mouth increases your risk of heart disease, a stroke, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions.

At Mill Pond Dental, you can choose from braces, which include metal brackets and wires, or Invisalign clear aligners. Both methods offer unique benefits, and your dentist can help you decide which option is right for you.

To find out more about how orthodontics can help your smile and your health, call Dr. Eric Young of Mill Pond Dental in Mokena, IL, at (708) 722-1600. Call now and get started on a straighter, healthier smile!