How to tell if you need braces?

Our mouths change over time as a result of things like jaw movement naturally and face injuries. The good news is that it’s usually never too late to fix dental issues; many of them can be fixed with braces.

Although every patient is different, common signs that you might benefit from braces include the following:

Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth are one of the most evident indications that you need braces. Genetics (if the teeth are larger than the jaw), early tooth loss, or keeping baby teeth for an excessively long period, which delays the correct eruption of permanent teeth, can all contribute to crowded teeth.

Crowded teeth may initially seem to be a cosmetic issue, but if they are not treated, they can cause major dental problems. Crowded teeth are more vulnerable to food trapping, and conventional teeth cleaning techniques like brushing and flossing are less effective in getting rid of them. Therefore, stuck food might result in periodontal disease, tooth damage, foul breath, and gingivitis.

Gaps between Teeth

Teeth gaps can be caused by external factors like habits like thumb-sucking or tongue thrusting, which over time move teeth out of alignment, as well as internal reasons such as normal skeletal development, genetics, or environmental variables. Teeth usually shift to fill in the empty space left by missing teeth, producing gaps on either side of their original position. This is another way that missing teeth can leave gaps in the mouth. Furthermore, gaps between teeth frequently signify that the upper and lower jaws do not fit together properly (a.k.a. malocclusion).

Because of the exposure caused by gaps, plaque, inflammation, and infection are more likely to impact the gum tissue between teeth. The oral and cosmetic appearance of your smile and malocclusion issues are all improved by filling these gaps.

Bite Issues

The “bite” of a patient refers to how the upper and lower teeth come together and function while the mouth is closed. Malocclusion, often known as a misaligned bite, is a dangerous disorder mainly affecting adults.

Numerous concerns, such as jaw deformities and persistent headaches, can be caused by malocclusions. The jawbone and the skull are joined by a hinge-like structure called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When the jaw is improperly assembled, it might easily move out of position and cause strain. The TMJ is affected by a misaligned bite, which can result in excruciating pain in the temporomandibular joint and the nerves that control jaw movement.

Difficulty Chewing or Speaking

Severe malocclusions can also interfere with the movements needed to swallow, speak, and chew effectively. Biting your tongue or cheek while chewing, having trouble pronouncing particular phrases or speaking clearly, or having difficulty swallowing are all symptoms. When the jaw alignment is fixed, these symptoms go away.

While some orthodontic issues may only have subtle symptoms that may only be felt, they are nevertheless quite serious. If you’re experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above, braces can be an ideal option for treatment.