Are Braces Really Necessary?

Correcting tooth alignment issues with braces can help treat (or prevent) oral health problems, as well as improve the appearance of your smile. You can discuss the options available to you with your dentist.

Key takeaways:

  • Straightening your teeth can help prevent (or reduce) jaw problems associated with temporomandibular disorders.
  • Treating teeth with minor alignment issues using braces can improve the appearance of your smile.
  • Straighter teeth are easier to clean, helping prevent oral health problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.

“When the teeth are crooked or too close together, there are typically areas where plaque and bacteria are difficult to fully remove, which can increase your risk of oral health problems.”

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