Many people think of October as the month of Halloween, with lots of free candy and treats to look forward to. But here in the world of dentistry, October is National Orthodontic Health Month, too, a month to celebrate beautiful and healthy smiles. Let’s talk about some of the amazing benefits of orthodontics.
What Are Orthodontics?
Orthodontics are dental appliances such as braces or plastic aligners that are used to correct the alignment of the teeth and jaw. There are different types for different issues, but they all work to straighten smiles into a healthier and more comfortable alignment.
Who Needs Orthodontics?
People may get braces for many reasons. Some people assume that braces are used mainly for cosmetic reasons since straightening teeth can improve the appearance of a smile, and that’s a totally valid reason to get braces since confidence plays such a big part in our self-image and happiness, but straightening your teeth can also have many other health benefits, too. October is National Orthodontic Health Month because this is an important topic to consider, knowing that the impact of orthodontic care is more than just how a patient looks, but also how to improve their dental health for a lifetime.
If your teeth are crowded, crooked or overlapping, it can make it a lot more difficult to clean and maintain healthy teeth and gums. Or if your bite is out of alignment, for example if you have an overbite or under bite, it can also cause discomfort and jaw problems. Correcting these issues is important because a comfortable and healthy smile is important to your overall health and wellbeing.
It doesn’t matter what age you are, braces, aligners and other orthodontic treatments can improve your health and life in many ways, and we think that’s worth celebrating, which is why the whole month of October is National Orthodontic Health Month.
What Do I Do Next?
If you’re interested in orthodontics and how they can impact your smile, call an orthodontist today to schedule a consultation. They can assess your teeth and bite and show you what orthodontics can do for your beautiful and individual smile. National Orthodontic Health Month is the perfect time to celebrate your smile by learning more about how orthodontics can benefit you.
Call our Joliet, Wilmington, Minooka, St. Morris, New Lenox, IL, dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.