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Have you been thinking about enlisting the help of orthodontics to straighten your smile? If so, have you considered wearing braces? Braces are not just for children, teens and young adults anymore. Aligning your teeth can not only improve your appearance but can also improve your oral health.

In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, when you have crooked or crowded teeth you are at greater risk for cavities and gingivitis. This is because oral hygiene can be challenging when your teeth are misaligned, and without properly daily care, your oral health can suffer.

You see, if your bite is misaligned it can cause the tooth enamel to wear down prematurely. Misalignment can also affect how you speak and chew, causing you frustration and embarrassment. Other oral issues that can arise can arise because of the stress on the bone material and oral tissues that support your teeth.

Wearing braces can help prevent all of these problems. With the help of brackets, wires, and little rubber bands (called ligatures), braces can slowly, steadily, move misaligned teeth into their proper position over a period of time. This continuous pressure straightens your teeth while repositioning oral tissues and blood vessels located around the teeth. This alters gum ligament and alveolar bone, which is then reabsorbed and reformed, giving you the aligned smile you desire.

If you have any questions about braces for our staff, please call our Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS team at 512-258-6683 for an appointment in Austin, Texas. Our orthodontist, Dr. Joseph P. Goodson is here to help you achieve your best smile!