What many may not realize about Orthodontic treatment is that it goes beyond esthetically pleasing teeth. The treatment of correcting misaligned teeth and jaw occlusion is to help improve the overall health of the teeth.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month and was created to help raise awareness of the benefits of orthodontic treatment and the importance of good oral health.

Benefits of properly aligned teeth are much easier to brush, floss, and maintain than teeth that are crooked. Therefore, it’s no surprise that those with straighter teeth are much more likely to have healthy teeth and gums. Orthodontic treatment can help those who have inherited orthodontic issues or sustained them through poor habits. It can also cure painful issues, such as chronic jaw or facial pain.

The oral and overall health benefits of treatment are clear, but orthodontics also enhances one’s self-esteem and self-worth. With a beautiful set of teeth, most will feel happier, more confident, and even more social. When you flash your beautiful teeth by smiling more around others, you’ll attract positive attention from those around you, making your days that much better and brighter.

While oral health is always important, it’s especially important to be diligent in your oral care with Halloween right around the corner. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends five timely tips to protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic appliances while protecting teeth from decay.

Keep these tips in mind and enjoy a safe, happy and healthy Halloween!