Orthodontic Myth: Braces is purely cosmetic

It pains me to hear people say this:

“I don’t need braces or orthodontic treatment. Straightening teeth is only cosmetic anyway.”

But then I get excited because I have the opportunity to educate and increase awareness on just how orthodontic treatment can really impact one’s oral health! 

Sure, no one has died as a direct result of having crooked teeth or a bad bite. At least I don’t think they have! If you know of any such occurrences, please do share.

However, there is so much value in aligning those crowded, malpositioned teeth and correcting malocclusions, one of which is in how orthodontic treatment significantly benefits one’s periodontal (gum and jaw bone) health. How are they linked? Let’s get into it!

The Link Between Orthodontics and Periodontal Health: Unveiling the Benefits

Orthodontics, a specialized field of dentistry, primarily focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and improper bites. While many people associate orthodontics solely with aesthetic improvements, the benefits go far beyond creating a beautiful smile. Emerging research has shed light on the strong connection between orthodontic treatment and periodontal health.

      1. Enhanced Oral Hygiene

    Misaligned teeth can make oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, difficult and less effective. Overlapping or crowded teeth create areas that are challenging to access, leading to plaque and bacteria buildup. Through orthodontic treatment, teeth are realigned, making it easier to maintain proper oral hygiene habits. As a result, the risk of periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, is significantly reduced.

        1. Reduced Gum Disease Risk

      Gum disease is a prevalent oral health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. Malocclusions, commonly known as misaligned teeth and bad bites, can contribute to an increased risk of gum disease. When teeth are not properly aligned, gum pockets may form, creating a conducive environment for harmful bacteria to thrive. Orthodontic treatment helps eliminate these pockets, decreasing the risk of gum disease and preserving periodontal health.

          1. Alleviation of Gum Recession

        In some cases, misaligned teeth can be so out of place that they get pushed out of the safe zone of their gums and bone, leading to gum recession. Receding gums expose the sensitive root surfaces of the teeth, making them vulnerable to decay and tooth sensitivity. Orthodontic treatment can move teeth back into healthy periodontium, reducing the risk of further gum recession and potential tooth loss.

                      4. Facilitating Periodontal Treatments

        For individuals with severe malocclusions, orthodontic treatment may be a prerequisite before undergoing certain periodontal procedures. Properly aligned teeth allow periodontists to perform necessary treatments, such as gum surgeries or dental implants, with greater precision and success.

                     5. Enhanced Overall Health

        Periodontal health is closely linked to overall health, with numerous studies demonstrating connections between gum disease and systemic conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory problems. By investing in orthodontic treatment and improving periodontal health, individuals may reduce the risk of developing or exacerbating these systemic health issues.


        Orthodontic treatment is not only about achieving a straighter smile; it has far-reaching implications for periodontal health and overall well-being. From facilitating better oral hygiene practices to reducing the risk of gum disease and gum recession, orthodontics plays a crucial role in preserving the health of the teeth and supporting structures. By addressing misaligned teeth early on, individuals can set the foundation for a lifetime of improved periodontal health and a beautiful, confident smile. If you or your loved ones have misaligned teeth, consider consulting an orthodontic specialist to explore the potential benefits that orthodontics can bring to your periodontal health. Remember, investing in your oral health today means a healthier future tomorrow!