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Dr. Alex Colalillo Explains Health Benefits of Braces

June 7, 2016

children orthodontic treatmentIf you have a less than perfect smile, we all know that braces are an effective means to get the straighter smile you’ve always wanted. But, what you may not know is that braces also improve your oral health and overall health. As orthodontic treatments move your teeth into their correct alignment while correcting bite issues, you’ll reduce the risk for oral health complications that can have long-term effects on oral health. We offer teen and children orthodontic treatments to give your children a strong foundation for life-long oral health while benefiting from a straighter smile. We even offer adult orthodontic treatment because it’s never too late to protect your oral health with a straighter, more confident smile.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatments

Braces and orthodontic treatments are used to move the teeth into their correct alignment when the teeth are crooked, crowded, or there are gaps between the teeth. Braces are also used to correct bad bites by allowing the upper and lower jaws to meet properly. While many seek metal braces and clear braces for the cosmetic reasons, there are many additional underlying benefits to having a straighter smile.

Correcting your bite and alignment problems allow you to decrease the risk for developing additional oral health problems. Often, when the teeth are overcrowded or crooked, the teeth are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease as the teeth become more difficult to clean properly. Overtime, this can even lead to tooth loss as decay and gum disease cause more extensive damage. When the decay and gum disease are left untreated, the complications can then extend to impact your overall health. The bacteria that’s associated with gum disease is known to cause serious health complications, such as dementia, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory infections.

For those who have poor bites that are left untreated, they are prone to develop jaw problems, such as TMJ disorders. Not to mention, since the top and bottom jaw don’t meet correctly, the poor bite can cause abnormal wear on tooth enamel. In some cases, tasks like eating and speaking are more challenging due to the misalignment and bite complications.

Thankfully, you can reduce the potential for all of these complications with adult and children orthodontic treatment. It’s recommended children have their first orthodontic consultation between the ages of 6 and 12, with treatment usually beginning between the ages of 8 and 14. This will help your child develop optimal results while protecting their oral health. However, it’s never too late for orthodontic treatment. Adult orthodontic treatment is also available to enhance the appearance of your smile while protecting your oral health.

Adult and Children Orthodontic Treatment

Alex Colalillo Orthodontics offers complete orthodontics for children, teens and adults. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Colalillo will create a comprehensive treatment plan to give you a straighter smile while promoting your oral health. His patient-focused practice keeps your comfort and satisfaction the core to his treatment plans. If you’re ready to benefit from a straighter smile that improves your overall oral health, call (856) 854-8101 to schedule a consultation.

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