Do I need braces?
Many people look at their mouths and see teeth that are crowded or rotated and may not consider orthodontics because they feel it is a cosmetic treatment. However, in many cases, this misalignment of teeth can lead to periodontal disease since it is more difficult to remove plaque and harmful bacteria. In addition, poor alignment of teeth can create excessive pressure, resulting in chipping and grooves at the gum line. Eventually, this constant wear will result in gum recession, sensitivity, loose teeth, and tooth loss.
When teeth are properly aligned, you reduce the chances of periodontal disease and the abnormal wear and trauma that can result. Research has shown that periodontal disease, if left untreated, may increase the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.