Orthodontist treatment does give you a beautiful smile, but the treatments also have benefits for your oral health. Here are three ways that an orthodontist in Palm Coast improves your oral health.

Brushing and Flossing are More Effective

When you have crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, and other issues with how your teeth have grown, bacteria and food particles have more spaces to hide. Having more bacteria in your mouth means that it is more likely that issues will develop below the gum line, such as bone loss. Even if you brush and floss regularly, it is difficult to keep bacteria away from your gums. When your teeth are straight and aligned, less of the gums is exposed, so your brushing and flossing practices are more effective.

Chewing is Easier

Your teeth are designed to mesh together in a way that helps you chew your food. When your teeth and bite is not aligned, you must work harder to chew food, or you are more likely to swallow food that is not chewed completely. An orthodontist in Palm Coast focuses on aligning your bite to help you chew foods more easily.

Less Jaw Pain and Fewer Headaches

If you have a misaligned jaw, you may grind your teeth or bite down harder that necessary. This causes excess stress in the jaw bone and joint. You may develop jaw pain or headaches as a result. Once an orthodontist in Palm Coast aligns your bite, you may have fewer headaches and less jaw pain.