Choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment is an important decision that can result in lifelong benefits. If you are considering braces, it is important to understand the treatment process as well as your candidacy.
How can you know if the time and money spent on straightening your teeth will be worth it? Today, our team at Premier Dental & Implant Center in Orland Park, IL explores five signs that indicate braces are right for you.
One of the most common reasons individuals seek orthodontic treatment is to enhance the appearance of their smiles. If you have crooked, gapped, overlapped, or rotated teeth, it can detract from a beautiful smile.
Braces can certainly address these issues in addition to improving the overall function and health of your teeth and gums.
If you consistently have difficulty biting into food, it is likely due to malocclusion. When the teeth do not fit or meet together as they should, it can compromise your overall oral health. In addition, if you constantly bite the insides of your cheeks, it can also mean the teeth are not aligned properly. If this describes you, braces could be beneficial.
Sometimes, patients lose their primary teeth prematurely. As a result, the permanent adult teeth are affected.
For example, when they grow in, the adult teeth may erupt in less than ideal positions, which can have a detrimental effect on growth and development.
If you lost your baby teeth much earlier than your adult teeth grew in, chances are you need braces.
Crooked and overlapped teeth can have a negative impact on your physical appearance. More importantly, however, this type of misalignment can make it difficult to brush and floss your teeth effectively.
Straighter teeth are much easier to clean. As a result, patients who undergo orthodontic treatment have a reduced risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
Gaps or spaces can be caused by a number of conditions, including tooth loss, periodontal disease, shifting, and more. If you have gaps in your smile, it can impair normal chewing function. If this is the case, your oral health can be improved with orthodontics.
The teeth, jaw joints, oral soft tissues, and surrounding anatomies all work together harmoniously for optimal oral health. When one of these elements is out of alignment, it can result in a domino effect of problems.
For example, if the teeth are misaligned, it can actually cause the jaws to become unbalanced. As a result, your jaw muscles work overtime trying to compensate for the issue.
This can lead to TMJ disorder and other jaw problems. In many cases, braces can address these issues.
There are plenty of reasons why patients may wish to consider braces. To find out if you qualify, schedule a consultation at our practice. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at (708) 873-9709.