Why braces in Glasgow are important for health

Woman wearing bracesHealth is not just physical, it is also mental and emotional and it is important to look at all three areas when considering the use of braces in Glasgow for mild to moderate misalignments of the teeth.

Braces in Glasgow are available from various dentists in the city, including Park Orthodontics.

Physical health

Some misalignments have a marked effect on people’s physical health. This is when the teeth or jaws are so misaligned that it is interfering with someone’s ability to chew their food properly. Not being able to chew food can lead to problems with the digestion, possibly even malnutrition. Other problems with misalignments can result from the chewing muscles in the head, face and neck becoming strained, and maybe even causing migraines.

These misalignments are seen as severe and can often be treated for free with funding from the NHS. That said, funding is limited and waiting lists are long.

Mental and emotional health

Having misaligned teeth can often lead people to stop smiling, or to smile less and cover their mouths when they do so. Because the smile is the most important non-verbal tool of communication, people who don’t smile are being denied something very important: connection with others. People are hard-wired to respond to smiles when they first meet someone. A big smile is interpreted with warmth and friendliness, a closed smile or lack of smile is interpreted as cold and unfriendly. So not being able to use one’s smile can make getting through life much less smooth.

Braces in Glasgow

Having braces can transform smiles and modern braces in Glasgow do not have to be clunky metal affairs. Modern fixed braces use the same mechanics but when used on milder misalignments, the brackets can be smaller and made of clear ceramic, and the wires can be finer and coated with tooth-coloured material. The effect is much more subtle and discreet. More complex issues can be treated with brackets and wires that go on the insides of the teeth, where they are hidden from view. There are also clear aligners that look like mouth guards and snap on over the teeth, but are so thin and transparent that it takes a trained observer to spot them.