Braces are common dental tools that are used to correct problems with your teeth. Getting braces usually involves consultations with an orthodontist, typically recommended by a dentist, who does a visual evaluation of a patient’s teeth and facial structure and then, based on the findings, proceeds to get more in-depth information for a treatment plan.
Orthodontists are trained to detect any complex bite and jaw problems and correct them. The treatment plan might include getting braces to straighten your teeth and fix bite issues that will make your life easier in the long run. While many people tend to get braces when they’re younger, many adults get them as well. Some types of braces available to you are metal, ceramic, self-ligating and lingual braces, along with clear aligners like invisalign. Here are a few reasons you might need braces.
An overbite is when your upper teeth extend out over your lower front teeth. You might have an overbite if your bottom teeth either completely disappear when you bite or sometimes bite into your mouth’s roof. A slight overbite is usually not a matter of worry. However, if the overbite is pronounced, it can lead to issues like jaw pain, gum tissue damage, excessive wear on your tooth enamel, or even a speech impediment.
The opposite of an overbite, an underbite is when your lower teeth extend over the upper front teeth. Underbite is usually hereditary and not as common as an overbite. Some of its causes are a relatively smaller upper jaw or an oversized lower jaw. Underbites can increase your risk of an oral injury and, like an overbite, can also lead to speech and eating difficulties, and jaw pain. Breathing difficulties caused by an underbite might lead to you suffering from sleep apnoea or snoring.
Crowded teeth might be one of the most common reasons to pursue orthodontic treatment and get braces. People with crowded teeth might feel like there isn’t enough space in their mouth for all their teeth. This sometimes causes teeth to overlap. Crowded teeth are often a genetic issue, but they can also be caused by mouth trauma. If not corrected, this issue can increase the chances of mouth ulcers, gum disease and jaw strain.
On the flip side of crowded teeth, irregularly spaced teeth can also be a cause of various problems such as the possibility of teeth becoming loose relatively easier over time and the increased likelihood of gum disease. The spacing issue can be a result of missing teeth, poor dental hygiene or abnormally small teeth.
Simply wanting to straighten your teeth is also a reason to get braces. Some people do it for a better appearance and smile, while others might get recommended by their dentists or orthodontists to do so.
These are a few reasons people get braces. Whether it be a medical or cosmetic reason, it is best to get your teeth corrected at the earliest. Adult braces are also becoming increasingly common. Regardless of your age, you can get braces to improve your overall dental health.