October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!
Posted on 10/18/2017

During October when most Americans are gearing up to enjoy all the fun that comes with Halloween, it often goes unnoticed that this is also the month set aside to celebrate good orthodontic health. National Orthodontic Health Month is an annual observance sponsored by our friends at the National Association of Orthodontists (AAO) that was created to raise awareness of how essential orthodontic health is.

Benefits of Receiving Orthodontic Treatment

The goal of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite by bringing the teeth and jaw into proper alignment. A proper bite makes it easier to bite, chew food, and speak. If you have a problem with the alignment of your teeth or bite, it would be of great benefit to you to see our Howell orthodontist for the orthodontic care you need. By undergoing orthodontic treatment, you can enjoy many benefits including the following:

  • More self-esteem and confidence knowing your smile looks great
  • Easier to brush and floss for better oral hygiene and a reduced risk of losing teeth early due to decay and periodontal disease
  • Less stress on chewing muscles to reduce or eliminate jaw pain
  • Increased chewing efficiency for better digestion of food
  • Can reduce your need for bridges or dental implants to close gaps between teeth
  • Can improve the overall quality of your life by having a healthy smile that’s attractive
  • Can enjoy paying less for the routine dental care you need as properly aligned teeth are healthier

It’s Important to Keep Orthodontic Appliances Clean

Once you’re in treatment, it is essential that you keep your orthodontic appliances clean, regardless if you’re wearing braces, Invisalign aligners or retainers. That’s why we will give you specific oral hygiene instructions and stress how important it is to do a thorough job of brushing and flossing for the entire time you’re in treatment. If you don’t do a good job with your oral hygiene, you could run into a problem that derails your treatment like tooth decay or the early stages of gum disease.

Watch What You Eat!

If you’re being treated with braces, you must avoid braces-busting foods that can loosen, bend and break your brackets, bands and wires. Watching what you eat is especially important during the Halloween season when there are lots of sticky, gooey and chewy treats available that can play some ghastly tricks on your braces!

Contact Your Local Orthodontist Today!

Dr. Niles and his friendly team are always more than happy to answer any questions you may have so just contact us and ask away! We’ll be observing National Orthodontic Health Month this year by reminding our patients, friends, and acquaintances of how important good orthodontic health is! We’d like to wish all our patients and their families a Happy and Safe Halloween!