Thursday, December 22, 2022

What are the Benefits of Braces?

At Medina Orthodontics, we believe that no matter what the reason for seeking orthodontic treatment, everyone deserves a straight smile. A straight smile means a healthy, properly functioning smile.

When your teeth are crooked, overlapped, or otherwise misaligned, you place an uneven amount of pressure when you bite down. That leads to pain, and it can cause your teeth to wear down, chip and even break. Not only that, but poorly aligned teeth are also harder to clean properly which can lead to decay and gum disease.

Braces have been used for many decades and have provided excellent results. Below are just a few of the benefits of orthodontic treatment and why braces may be the best option to improve your smile.

1. Braces Will Improve Your Appearance - Crooked teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile. Braces will gradually shift the position of your teeth until they are perfectly aligned. This will have a huge influence on your appearance and significantly improve your self-esteem.

2. Braces Make Oral Hygiene Easier - The benefits of braces are not merely esthetic. It has been proven that crooked teeth are more difficult to brush and floss. Also, food tends to be easily lodged between misaligned teeth. Therefore, after undergoing braces treatment your teeth will be straight and it will be much easier to maintain good oral hygiene.

3. Braces Can Fix Your Bite - Aside from straightening your teeth, braces can also fix other orthodontic issues. This is an aspect that is sometimes disregarded but it has great benefits for your oral health. When left untreated, a bad bite can become worse over time and result in clenching and grinding of your teeth.

4. Braces Can Help With Digestion - One of the main functions of your teeth is to cut and grind your food. This function can’t be conducted properly when your teeth are misaligned. In this case, foods are not reduced to tiny bits which can affect digestion. After braces treatment, your teeth will be much more efficient, improving your digestion.

5. Braces Reduce The Risk Of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder - Crooked teeth can lead to excess stress or pressure in your jawbone and jaw muscles. Over time, this can result in temporomandibular joint disorder which is characterized by pain and headaches. This can be prevented by straightening your teeth with braces.

Want to learn more about the benefits of braces treatment? Contact Medina Orthodontics to schedule a consultation.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

You Are Not Too Old For Braces

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists says that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and you can too.

The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same for both children and adults. Although childhood is the ideal time to make changes in the positioning of the teeth, if you are healthy, your teeth can be straightened at any age.

As an adult, the thought of having braces may be discouraging. However, if you are like many of the adults we see, you’ve probably been dealing with crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or a poorly aligned bite for most of your life and these problems raise more than cosmetic concerns.

Crowded or overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean, making tooth decay and gum disease more likely. Teeth that don't come together properly when you close your jaws can cause chewing and swallowing problems. Poor tooth alignment can also make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds and can put excessive stress on your jaw muscles, causing facial pain.

Straight teeth are healthy teeth, which can help you avoid tooth loss and dentures later in life.

You might think your options for having your teeth fixed are limited, but today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs.

Traditional Silver Braces - These are the most common type of braces. Made of nickel-free high-grade steel, they are much smaller and more comfortable than those in the past.

Champagne Braces - Champagne-colored brackets are a blend in between Metal and Ceramic braces. The beautiful champagne finish blends seamlessly with teeth.

Clear or Ceramic Braces - Made of porcelain or ceramic, these brackets are tooth colored and are less noticeable than traditional silver brackets.

Invisalign Clear Aligners - A technique that straightens your teeth without braces, using a series of clear, removable aligners custom-modeled to fit your teeth

At Medina Orthodontics, we recognize that adults and children have dissimilar needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our conveniently located office in Katy, TX to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.

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