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The importance of braces for your orthodontic health are often misunderstood. Although braces can improve your self-esteem and self-image when used to straighten teeth, there are plenty of benefits to be gained beyond a nicer smile.

People often think that braces are simply used to correct misalignment issues in your mouth for aesthetic benefits, but they can also offer the following:

— Straighter teeth are much easier to clean, resulting in healthier teeth and gums with less risk for plaque buildup when practicing an oral hygiene routine with brushing and flossing.

— A smile straightened with braces is much more effective and functional in its significant tasks including eating and speaking.

— Malocclusions, also known as bad bites, can lead to TMJ disorders if they are not appropriately treated with orthodontic treatments such as braces.

— Braces can help alleviate stress put on teeth and make them less predisposed to grinding and wear, often as the result of bruxism.

— Braces can reduce the risk of teeth being fractured due to misalignments or stress, and make them less prone to injury.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist Dr. James B. Macomson and our team at James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA, please call 704-215-4430 today. Our orthodontic office is conveniently located in Gastonia, North Carolina. We look forward to helping you achieve your most confident smile to date!