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What Braces Do for You (Besides Straighten Your Teeth)

If you get braces, your teeth will become more aligned. Everyone knows that. While aligned teeth are a beautiful thing in themselves, you may wonder is that all braces do?

The truth is, there’s more to braces than you might think. Here are a few of the wonderful things braces can help with:

Proper Biting

Misaligned teeth can lead to problems with your bite. You may not be able to chew your food correctly or close your jaw all the way. Your teeth may wear unevenly. Maybe you have an overbite or an underbite that makes it difficult for your lips to rest together.

Whatever the case, by aligning your teeth with braces or Invisalign, you can correct your bite, giving you a properly functioning mouth.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Do you wake up in the morning with your jaw sore and your mouth hurting? Do your teeth show excessive wear? You may be suffering from bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding. Bruxism is a condition where your teeth grind together while you sleep, causing damage and soreness.

Bruxism can often stem from alignment issues. By correcting their teeth with braces, many find relief from bruxism, allowing them to sleep better and wake-up feeling refreshed.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Despite what you might think, bad breath doesn’t always involve something you ate. Especially when it’s morning breath. Bacteria in the mouth breaks down food particles, producing sulfur compounds that smell, well, like bad breath.

This can often stem from alignment issues as food isn’t properly chewed, or it gets stuck in your teeth. If you suffer from aggressive, unexplainable bad breath, braces might just be the solution.

Speech Impediments

Many of the sounds used to form speech involve your teeth. When your teeth are misaligned, it can affect how you talk, leaving you with an unwanted speech impediment. Though some are afraid braces or Invisalign might affect the way they talk, it can actually fix an existing speech issue.


Those with alignment problems or gaps in their teeth are often hesitant to smile. This is a bigger problem than you think, as smiling has a positive effect on your body’s welfare (even when its forced). With braces, you can achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, boosting your confidence and improving your attitude.

It’s All Starts with an Ortho Appointment

Aligning your teeth with braces or Invisalign can positively change your life in many ways. If you want to see what a straight, brilliant smile can do for you, it’s time to talk to a professional.

Cosmopolitan is your source for Shakopee orthodontist work, with an office located conveniently in northwest Prior Lake. Contact us today for a free consultation.