When patients think about orthodontic treatments, they’re often preoccupied with some of the less attractive side effects. They’re so worried about how they will look and how they will eat that they miss out on some of the positive aspects of braces.
The obvious positive side effect of getting braces is that you’ll be left with a stunning smile. But there are a few other unexpected side effects which deserve some attention.
Do I need braces?
If your teeth are misaligned, you might be wondering if it is severe enough to warrant treatment. In cases with only small imperfections, you may find it faster and less invasive to explore veneers or composite bonding.
Dental braces are required in the following situations:
- Your teeth are crooked or crowded
- Your jaw makes a clicking sound or hurts when you open and close your mouth
- You often bite your cheeks.
- You struggle to chew food because of a jaw misalignment
Positive side effects of braces
There are many different orthodontic treatments available. Your dentist will outline any side effects you can expect to experience, including what is normal and what is cause for concern. Below we’ve outlined some of the positive side effects that many adult orthodontic experience, and some of them are completely unexpected.
1. Improved oral hygiene
A huge part of the success of an orthodontic treatment plan rests on your ability to take good care of your teeth and your braces. This means you have to brush and floss twice a day, without fail. Many patients report that wearing braces gives them a newfound appreciation for the importance of oral hygiene. Your mouth will be the healthiest it has ever been, which means fresh breath and a glowing smile. And many patients say that this habit stays with them for the rest of their life.
2. Better digestion
When you’re wearing braces, you’ll have to be more careful and selective about your food choices. And if you’ve struggled with jaw alignment in the past, wearing braces could help you to chew your food properly for the first time.
Proper chewing technique is essential to the digestion process. Chewing if the first step in a long process of digestion, and getting this step right can help you extract more goodness from your food while also giving you more enjoyment from eating. In extreme cases, wearing braces can help you to take control of indigestion problems.
3. Weight loss
This is one of the most unexpected side effects of wearing braces. Some patients report losing weight as the result of better food choices. When you’re wearing braces, snacking between meals becomes a lot more effort. This might lead you to cut out unhealthy between-meal snacks to help keep your braces clean.
Even those with removable braces often report a change in their eating and snacking habits. Since you have to remove and rinse your clear aligners after every meal, you might find yourself cutting out your 11am and 3pm biscuit break. Many will also cut out all beverages except for water, which can help you to cut back on empty calories.
4. Break bad habits
There are plenty of dental-related bad habits. From using your teeth as a multi-tool to biting your nails. But when you’re wearing braces, you’ll be more aware of your dental health. This could be enough to make you stop these bad habits. Some people also find that braces help them to stop smoking, as they don’t want the nicotine to discolour their aligners or brackets.
Problems to look out for
It can take a few days to get used to your braces. Your dentist will let you know what is normal and what isn’t. You might notice the following side effects while wearing braces that aren’t cause for concern:
- Changes to your speech
- Gum and tongue irritation
- Difficulty eating
- Slight discomfort
- Tooth decay
- Inflamed gums
While these side effects are normal, there are some side effects which should not be ignored. These include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.
If you’re interested in exploring your orthodontic options, get in touch today to book your free consultation
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