Nowadays, both kids and adults are seizing the opportunity to get braces. Although many patients receive orthodontic care – or braces – for cosmetic purposes, there are a variety of other reasons why braces may be a beneficial treatment for you or a loved one.
A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence and inhibits future orthodontic issues. If you’re wondering if you need braces, check to see if you experience any of these symptoms:
Orthodontic treatment is not only for those with crooked teeth. If you have a small mouth, teeth can push together in disjointed ways, causing teeth “crowding”. As crowding can lead to crooked teeth, it often causes more serious orthodontic problems, too. As time goes on, teeth can overlap each other, which makes it difficult to clean your teeth well. Treating crowded teeth at a young age is best, since less dental intervention will likely be needed in the future, but teenagers and adults can receive orthodontic treatment to help with crowded teeth.
Underbite & Overbite
A slight overbite is common, but significant overbites may require orthodontic intervention. Overbites may cause patients to have jaw pain or speech impediments. These issues can be treated successfully with braces using brackets, wires and elastics to adjust teeth positioning and alignment.
Similar to an overbite, patients with an underbite may experience jaw misalignment or pain, too. If your lower teeth severely extend further out than the upper front teeth, it may be best to receive orthodontic care to help realign your teeth and jaw.
Jaw & TMJ Pain
Jaw pain or temporomandibular disorder (known as TMJ) can be caused by many different conditions affecting the jaw muscles and facial nerves. Most commonly, TMJ is the result of misalignment or bite problems and can be resolved by orthodontic treatment. If conservative TMJ treatment does not work, pain can be eliminated by receiving treatment with braces paired with brackets and elastics, allowing for re-positioning of the upper and lower jaws.
Teeth grinding can lead to tooth damage due to destruction of the enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity. Orthodontists can help determine the reason of teeth grinding, and if mechanical problems are the cause, orthodontic treatment can often be utilized to fix the problem. An orthodontist can minimize or eliminate teeth grinding through re-aligning the jaw and teeth through treatment with braces.
Here at Knapp Orthodontics, we understand that orthodontic treatment may be intimidating. Our dedicated staff is here to break down any barriers associated with braces and other orthodontic treatment. Often times, we can improve your smile within 1-2 years, and we even have enamel-colored braces to help with treatment aesthetics. And if cost is an issue, you can check out our financing options through OrthoFi.
If you’re interesting in learning more, let us know by requesting a free consultation. We’ll be sure to answer all your questions and concerns.