Reasons for Braces
There are many reasons for seeking orthodontic treatment. Whether it is because you have a bad bite, you desire to achieve the gorgeous smile that you’ve always wanted, you want to have a smile that makes a lasting impression, or because you feel a loved one can benefit from having a better smile, we are here to assist you. Below is a list of common conditions that are corrected with orthodontic treatment.
Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
Dental spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, the positioning of your tongue, or the actual size of your teeth. While spaced teeth are usually a cosmetic issue braces can often be used to close dental spaces without grinding down precious tooth structure for crowns or veneers.
Overbite/ Deep Bite
In this situation, the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. This dental situation may or may not be painful and if unresolved can cause harm to the upper front teeth.
Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Open-bites are often caused by thumb sucking, and tongue thrusting. When teeth do not properly overlap, unwanted habits such speech impediments and the inability to bite into some foods may occur.
A crossbite is when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth. There are different categories for crossbites. This situation can occur with one tooth, all front teeth, back teeth, one side or both. Crossbites may cause uneven tooth wear and misaligned jaw growth. It is essential to have these corrected at a young age.
Protruding Front Teeth
Your appearance and dental function are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward, or by the lower teeth not extending forward enough. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping, and may cause difficulty speaking and chewing.
Midlines Do Not Match
Non matching dental midlines are usually seen when the upper and lower jaws do not fit properly, when teeth are spaced out or overly crowded, and when teeth do not match in shape or size. This problem may negatively impact jaw positioning and proper dental function.