When most people get braces they do so because they want a more beautiful and confident smile. What very few orthodontic patients realize, however, is that having straight teeth can bring forth a number of health benefits as well. If you've been considering braces as a purely cosmetic option, perhaps understanding these health benefits will help you look at getting braces in a new light.
When your teeth are straight, they're easier for you (and your dentist) to adequately clean.
Gum disease is a serious problem that can cause discomfort and even tooth loss if you are not careful. Your teeth need to be cleaned because they will develop plaque over time. However, a regular cleaning is often not enough.
There are many surgical treatments that can be used to resolve gum disease. However, you will want to first try the non-surgical methods before you are forced to turn to surgery.