What can't braces fix

Orthodontic practices have been around for centuries, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt. Just think. You’re the archeologist who discovers a mummy that has metal brackets around the mouth. Bizarre, right?

Science and modern medicine have shown the benefits of braces. Braces are crucial for maintaining proper oral health. Braces can help prevent gum disease and unusual wear of the teeth.

There are, however, some oral health issues that braces can’t fix.

Bad Breath

Gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, and more commonly bacteria on the tongue are all causes of bad breath. Mouthwash will cover up bad breath, but it won’t stop it altogether. The best way to prevent bad breath is by maintaining a healthy oral care routine.


Cavities are the second most common disease in the United States. Cavities develop when plaque forms on the teeth and attacks at the enamel. Sugary foods or soda can cause plaque to develop more quickly.

Tooth Erosion

When the teeth begin to erode, it is because of acid attacking the tooth enamel. This leads to loss of the tooth’s structure and can cause tooth sensitivity.

Tooth Sensitivity

Ever feel a sting of pain from cold water hitting a certain part of your mouth? That’s tooth sensitivity. Teeth become sensitive from tooth erosion or even from brushing too hard. Over-the-counter toothpastes are available to provide pain relief and protect further sensitivity.

Toothaches and Emergencies

Accidents happen. Even though braces are made of steel, they won’t prevent a tooth from getting knocked out. Remember to wear a mouthguard when participating in sports. Most importantly, visit the dentist on a regular basis to avoid dental emergencies.

Mouth Sores

Ulcers, blisters, canker sores, and cold sores are common oral issues. Mouth sores are usually brief and most can be treated with over the counter products.


Oral Cancer

Every year it is estimated that over 300,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in the world. Having oral cancer pertains to the mouth, lips, and throat. Oral cancer is serious, but caught in the early stages it is curable.

So what can we conclude?

Braces are for straightening and aligning the teeth. Braces also help to prevent certain oral health problems, but not all of them. Spend the time and take good care of your teeth. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day to keep teeth strong and maintain a healthy mouth.

To find out more about how your smile can benefit from braces, ask Dr. Martin Schellinck and the friendly staff at Walnut Creek Orthodontist.

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