0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

Pros & Cons of Braces

by
author image Sarah Davis
Sarah Davis has worked in nutrition in the clinical setting and currently works as a licensed Realtor in California. Davis began writing about nutrition in 2006 and had two chapters published in "The Grocery Store Diet" book in 2009. She enjoys writing about nutrition and real estate and managing her website, RealtorSD.com. She earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition from San Diego State University.
Pros & Cons of Braces
Dental hygiene can be challenging with braces. Photo Credit Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Many people think of getting dental braces as a cosmetic issue -- a way to get a beautiful smile. But it is important to know the health implications of having foreign objects installed in your mouth. Dental braces have distinct pros and cons for your oral hygiene and overall health.

Pros

Braces can treat problems related to crooked teeth, crowded smiles, or poorly aligned bites. When teeth are too close together or difficult to reach, they can be hard to clean, increasing the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease. If not properly treated, such conditions can lead to inflammation or oral infection, placing the patient at increased risk of several diseases, including cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, and diabetes mellitus. Patients with poor alignment can also experience problems chewing and swallowing food or pronouncing certain words, as well as facial pain from the excessive stress placed on the chewing muscles. Dental braces can mitigate all of these problems.

Cons

Despite these benefits, it is important to note that, like any appliance placed inside the human body, braces have inherent risks. According to orthodontics.org, the discomfort or inconvenience associated with braces can lead patients to neglect their oral hygiene. Because they obscure or block access to the teeth, braces can make it difficult for a patient to floss, brush, and rinse properly. Sugary substances can be especially difficult to remove, resulting in tooth decay.

The appliances themselves may cause difficulties. Friction from the wires, brackets and band attachments may cause minor irritations or injuries. During routine installation, maintenance, and removal, orthodontists must work with sharp instruments within the patient’s oral cavity. Occasionally, patients suffer injury from coming in contact with the tools.

Finally, orthodontic care may cause a response in the tissue surrounding the teeth, causing them to move. Usually this effect is mild and easily corrected. Occasionally, however, the movement results in damage to the ends of the roots.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

CURRENTLY TRENDING

Demand Media