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Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics. This is part two of our blog series about the health benefits of orthodontic treatment. Although many of us have our own reasons for having braces put on, they’re not always the most important reasons. Severely misaligned teeth can cause serious health issues, not just oral health issues, but general health problems as well. If you have any questions about these, don’t hesitate to contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics today.

Preventing gum recession

There are many different things that can cause gum recession like periodontal disease, genetics, brushing too hard, and not brushing enough. However, one overlooked cause of gum recession is misaligned teeth. Poorly aligned teeth can lead to either an overbite or an underbite which not only make it more difficult to eat and speak but can lead to bone loss in the jaw due to too much pressure on one area of your teeth. Gum tissue loss can also result from this which will lead to gum recession. Once gum recession kicks in, the roots of your teeth will be exposed. Since the roots of your teeth don’t contain enamel, they’re more susceptible to infection. Because poor oral hygiene can also contribute to gum recession, the difficulty that comes with cleaning misaligned teeth won’t help any!

Avoiding injury

If you have an active lifestyle, play sports, or do anything else that involves physical activity, you know that there’s always the possibility of mouth injuries, usually in the form of chipped or loose teeth. However, it’s important to be aware that cracked and lost teeth are medical emergencies and that you should visit a dentist immediately if this happens. Misaligned teeth can be a major culprit of these types of injuries because your teeth are more likely to be damaged if they’re jutting out or if you have an underbite or overbite. And if you have a healthy bite, you’ll also be less likely to lips or gums by accidentally biting them.

Improved mental health

Let’s not forget the benefits of aligned teeth on our mental health as well. Misaligned teeth have proven to contribute to headaches as well as conditions like temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Both of these will lead to a lot of discomfort and stress for the patient that could be avoided with healthy, straight teeth.

There’s also the confidence aspect. You’ll be happier, healthier, and more confident knowing you have a nice smile and better oral health.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

Now that you know a few of the major health benefits of braces, it’s time to contact your local orthodontists in San Francisco. Camilo Riano is glad to provide its patients with Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Incognito lingual braces, and clear ceramic braces. Contact us today to learn more.

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