La Grange, IL – March is World Oral Health Month, and at Battistoni and Beam, we know how important a straight smile is to ensuring your best oral health. Braces do more than just create a beautiful smile, they also create a better functioning one.
“A properly functioning smile is crucial to your overall oral health, and your health in general,” says La Grange orthodontics specialist Dr. William Beam. “When your teeth are straight, they are easier to clean, leading to less risk of periodontal disease. This is important because periodontal disease has been linked to dangerous health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke.”
Teeth that are crooked or overlapping make it hard to brush and floss properly. This can lead to tooth decay, periodontal disease and even tooth loss. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque then cause the gums to become inflamed. The gums can bleed very easily when brushing.
When your teeth are not properly aligned, you’ll also have a poor bite. That can lead to temporomandibular joint pain, which can then lead to headaches, neck aches and sleepless nights. When you have a bad bite, you place stress on your jaw joint, leading to TMJ issues.
A bad bite also leads to abnormal wear patterns on your teeth. You may place too much pressure on one area, which can lead to chipping, cracking and breakage. When you’re teeth are properly aligned, the pressure from your bite is evenly distributed.
The best orthodontics will take into account the unique issue facing you, and then create a custom treatment plan designed to address your specific needs. At Battistoni and Beam, that’s exactly what you’ll find.
“We realize each patient has their own issue that needs to be addressed individually,” says Dr. Richard Battistoni¸ certified Invisalign provider. “Orthodontic treatment isn’t one size fits all, so we’ll take the time to ensure we know exactly what issues our facing you so we can craft the most ideal treatment plan to give you the best results.”
After your treatment, you’ll find eating, speaking and caring for your teeth will be easier. You may not even realize how much your misaligned teeth were affecting your life until you receive treatment.
It is recommended that children visit an orthodontist by the age of 7 so that an orthodontist can monitor their teeth and begin treatment at the right time to ensure the best results. But, it’s never too late to start orthodontic treatment and ensure a healthy smile for a healthy life. This World Oral Health Month, schedule an appointment with Battistoni and Beam.
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