The Many Benefits of Orthodontics: A Quiz

womanquestionglowingYou probably know that orthodontic treatment improves the alignment of your teeth for a more beautiful smile. While this is certainly something to get excited about, patients are often surprised to find out that cosmetic improvement is not the only advantage of saying yes to orthodontics. In fact, saying, “yes” to treatment can have a significant effect on the overall health of your mouth, as well as your ability to maintain a clean smile. Are you starting to wonder how a straighter smile could possibly yield such wonderful benefits? Find out more with the following quiz – you may be surprised!

Orthodontics Benefits Quiz: True or False?

  1. True or False: Orthodontic treatment like braces can actually protect you against problems like bruxism and TMJ disorder.
  2. True or False: If your teeth are misaligned you may use that as an excuse for failing to thoroughly clean your teeth – really you just need to try harder.
  3. True or False: We offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options to address a diverse set of needs.

Answer Key

  1. True. When your teeth are misaligned, your top and bottom teeth fit together poorly, which may cause you to reposition your jaw in ways that stress your jaw joints (TMJs). This will allow you to close your teeth together but not without side effects. In addition, top and bottom teeth that should not touch one another but that do make contact may result in tooth damage due to constant wear.
  2. False. Misalignment is definitely a factor when it comes to challenging dental hygiene. For instance, overlapping teeth make it nearly impossible to reach every surface for effective cleaning. This can lead to problems like periodontal disease and cavities.
  3. True. We want to make sure all of our patients have access to the care they need. Because not every type of malocclusion is the same, we provide many solutions like PowerProx Six Month Braces for teens and adults, as well as children’s orthodontics.

ABOUT YOUR KATY DENTIST:

Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly serve patients and families from in and around Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule a dental appointment, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling (832) 437-3849.