Been told your child needs braces? Five health advantages to early orthodontic treatment

As a parent, you strive to do your best for your children.

You want them to go to the best schools, get the best education and of course, you want them to get the best health care, so they can grow into happy, healthy adults.


But, most parents are left in a bit of a quandary when they are told that their child needs to have a brace fitted.

While it may seem that having your child fitted with a brace is purely cosmetic, there may be many additional health benefits to your child undertaking this treatment earlier in life.

At Northern Beaches Dental, our orthodontist and dentist in Mackay have helped children obtain a healthier, straighter smile, whilst also improving their health. We have a myriad of experience in orthodontics, and thanks to technology and alternative aligners, we may be able to offer your child a shorter treatment time with braces.

What are the health advantages of saying yes to having your child fitted with braces by our dentist in Mackay? Read on to find out!

Better digestion

It goes without saying that when an individual has a set of perfectly aligned teeth, they are able to chew and grind their food better.

If your child needs a brace to straighten misalignments, then this will gradually improve their chewing technique, allowing for better digestion and a reduction in gastrointestinal issues. Indeed, heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion will all gradually reduce as your child’s teeth straighten, allowing for better digestion and improved nutrition.

Reduces the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay

Straighter teeth are easier to brush and our dentist in Mackay has seen many instances of oral hygiene improving due to the wearing of an orthodontic brace.

Misaligned, crooked or crowded teeth provide decay-causing bacteria with more places to hide and cause havoc in your child’s mouth; having their teeth straightened prevents this and in turn, reduces the formation of both dental decay and periodontal diseases.

Prevents bone erosion

Misaligned teeth can create additional pressure in the jaw as your child chews.

While this may not sound problematic, additional pressure to the bone can, over time, cause erosion and wearing down of the jaw. This also results in creating a lack of stimulation in other areas in the mouth, preventing adult teeth from erupting.

Straighter teeth equate to more equal pressure and stimulation, meaning a healthier jaw and symmetrical teeth.

Reduces prevalent headaches or migraines

There is evidence linking misaligned teeth to both headaches and migraines, due to bruxism and nocturnal grinding.

Braces reduce both night time grinding and bruxism, reducing tension in the muscles that can lead to these degenerative problems.

Prevents facial injuries

Ever bitten the inside of your cheek?

Misaligned teeth are more prone to biting cheeks, lips, and tongues and so having a brace applied to your child’s teeth will prevent any facial or oral injuries from occurring. Need any more reasons to have a brace fitted? Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay is happy to oblige!


All dental treatments carry potential risks. Contact your local dental team for more information about the procedures mentioned in this article.