Have you ever observed your smile and wondered if you need braces? If you’ve gone without braces throughout your life, but been informed by your dentist that your teeth are misaligned, then the question stands on whether you think you need braces. Many people get braces for the cosmetic appeal of having straighter teeth at the end of the day, and some get braces because they need it for their oral health. However, if you’ve noticed aspects of your teeth that have begun affecting your quality of life, these are the tell-tale signs you should look for before visiting an orthodontist.
As the most obvious, and yet not so obvious sign that you may need braces are crowded teeth. Crowded teeth can make it challenging to brush and floss your teeth. Food particles can get stuck in between the teeth, and when floss is unable to get in between the teeth to clean them, it can pose the risk of infections, such as gum disease and periodontal disease. Having crowded teeth can also lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and gingivitis when left untreated and pose real health threats to you.
Large Gaps in Between the Teeth
Having gaps in between the teeth indicate lower and upper jaw problems. When the jaw isn’t able to align, it’s referred to as malocclusion. A range of factors can impact how the jaw is aligned overtime, including thumb-sucking at an early age, mouth tissue formations, and other genetic conditions that can cause the teeth to develop gaps. When these gaps do occur, the teeth become more at risk for plaque development and infection.
When the lower and upper teeth aren’t able to meet and interact when the mouth is closed, it’s considered a bite problem. There are different varieties of bite problems, all with their unique problems. Overbites are when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth, increasing the risk of trauma to the front teeth and can lead to extreme tooth wear and gum recession. Underbites pose similar problems, with the lower teeth sit in front of the upper teeth, causing accelerating facial aging and an imbalanced appearance. Crossbites create an asymmetrical jaw growth due to the upper teeth crossing into the lower teeth, and open bites don’t have the teeth touching at all, creating speech problems and difficulties biting.
With severe malocclusion cases, jaw pain and headaches can occur, creating tension while sleeping and can produce TMJ disorder. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, occurs when the body’s temporomandibular joint begins to falter, causing the jaw and skull’s connecting joint to falter. This condition can also make it difficult to swallow and speak. This condition can be treated with braces and mouthguards to help manage TMJ pain and help align the teeth and jawline back into position.
If you experience any of these present issues and wish to receive treatment with braces, contact Sabal General Dentistry in Rockdale, TX, for your consultation. Schedule an appointment today to see if braces are best for you.