Lifelong Benefits of Braces

By October 7, 2016 July 7th, 2017 Blog, Life After braces

benefits of bracesDid you know that October is National Orthodontic Health Month? At Dougherty Orthodontics, we believe that orthodontic treatment (when necessary) is extremely important. The benefits of braces go beyond straight teeth and a beautiful smile. In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month, we’ve put together some info on the many lifelong benefits of braces.

The Many Benefits of Braces

When most people think about the benefits of braces, they think of straight teeth and a more attractive smile. But there are several other important benefits to consider beyond just the physical improvements. For example, a beautiful smile has the power to minimize feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness. By boosting your self-esteem and self-confidence, orthodontic treatment can make you better prepared to meet life’s challenges and milestones with ease—such as job interviews, first dates, and even family photos.

Another tremendous advantage of orthodontic treatment is that it improves lifelong dental health. By correcting orthodontic problems and creating a better bite, braces decrease the risk of future dental problems—and the expensive dental bills that go along with them. Plus, straight and non-crowded teeth are easier to clean and care for on a daily basis. This provides increased convenience, as well as increased oral health and hygiene.

A Note on Lifelong Retainer Wear

Remember: To fully enjoy the lifelong benefits of braces, you must wear your retainer! Dr. Dougherty recommends twelve weeks of full-time retainer wear followed by nightly wear for a lifetime to maintain that gorgeous grin. For more info, check out our previous post on Why You Should Wear Your Retainer for Life.

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Have questions about the lifelong benefits of braces? Ready to get started? Contact us. Call our office at 636.825.1000 or email to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dougherty.