3 HEALTH BENEFITS OF COSMETIC DENTAL TREATMENTS
Cosmetic dentistry is a widely discussed topic these days, and with good reason. It’s difficult not to notice how quickly and drastically it can improve your smile, and having a more beautiful appearance can certainly help to give you a boost of confidence.
1. Reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease
Choosing to straighten crooked teeth with braces can do more than make your teeth look nicer. Tightly squeezed together teeth are often difficult to clean and create ideal nooks and crannies for plaque and bacteria to hide in, even when there is consistent oral hygiene.
2. Prevent a misaligned bite
Life happens and sometimes that means missing teeth. Whether your dentist had to remove one or more teeth, or you experienced some other trauma/injury, any missing teeth should be replaced.
When a gap is left anywhere along your gum line, the neighboring teeth can begin to drift into the open space. This shifting can change the alignment of your bite and cause other problems for your teeth and your overall health. This includes tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, and TMJ, a painful jaw joint disorder. Your dentist has many excellent and natural-looking options to replace missing teeth, including:
3. Treat TMJ
TMJ disorders often result from dental issues, such as a bad bite caused by missing or crooked teeth. Over time, this misaligned bite can put pressure on the jaw joints. Without treatment, you may begin to feel pain in the joints or hear a clicking noise when you chew, talk or yawn.
Fortunately, your dentist can treat the individual dental issues that caused your jaw misalignment. Overtime, these procedures work to correct your bite, realign your jaw and allow your jaw muscles to relax and heal. A dental approach helps to reduce or even resolve the pain for many TMJ sufferers. TMJ treatment may include:
- Bridges, crowns and implants
Where can you learn more?
We believe a great smile makes a difference. If you are live in Des Plaines, and want to find a cosmetic dentist that believes in providing premium dental care, contact Dr. Meyer to arrange for a consultation.