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Orthodontics 'can improve dental health and self esteem'
Updated: 11/26/2008 6:00:28 PM

Orthodontics Many orthodontic patients who get braces find that after the treatment has finished, they have more confidence in their smile, as well as benefitting their dental health.

The Academy of General Dentistry explains that orthodontics may help reduce a patient's risk of suffering from tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease and other dental health problems that may arise due to improper tooth alignment.

In addition, the aesthetic advantages of having straighter teeth are often appreciated by those who opt for braced, the AGD says.

"Many patients - prior to orthodontics - smile with their mouth closed because they are self-conscious about their teeth, but after orthodontics they usually smile naturally, showing off their new look," comments AGD spokesperson Dr James G. Richeson.

Your suitability for orthodontics can be assessed by either a dentist or orthodontist, who will look for signs such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites and improper jaw position.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, approximately 4 million children and 1 million adults are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment to enhance their smile and improve dental health.

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