Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
The benefits of orthodontics reach far beyond the most obvious cosmetic improvement. During a child's younger years, the self-consciousness of an unattractive smile can produce long lasting effects on his or her self-esteem. In many cases orthodontic treatment can increase the child's self-confidence and interpersonal relationship effectiveness.
Early orthodontic treatment can guide facial growth for an improvement in not only the bite, but in the resulting profile. In some cases guidance of facial growth may eliminate the need for future facial or jaw surgery. Protruded front teeth run a greater risk of injury. Early treatment can reduce this risk. In some cases where teeth are missing, many times the spaces can be closed eliminating the need for replacement by bridges or implants.
In adults orthodontic treatment is sometimes indicated prior to the construction of crowns, bridges, implants, and veneers to provide proper construction and aesthetics of the prosthetic teeth. Periodontal treatment, in some cases, is improved with proper alignment of teeth.