Are you tired of dealing with a crooked smile?
Since most of us weren’t lucky enough to be born with the perfect smiles, many of us will have to turn to braces to get the smiles we want. Fortunately, our Norwich, CT, dentist Dr. Edward Yates works with patients of all ages to help them get a straighter and more beautiful smile. Are you wondering whether you should get braces or not? Here are some factors to consider that may help you decide whether orthodontic treatment could benefit you.
No matter how old you are you are never too old to address issues with your smile. After all, misaligned teeth or jaws can affect your bite, which not only affects your appearance but can also cause issues for your teeth, as well.
A bad bite is known as a malocclusion, and this includes everything from crooked teeth and crowding to protruding teeth. Fortunately, getting braces from our Norwich dentist can fix these issues.
Why are braces important?
The most obvious benefits of braces are getting a straighter smile and feeling more confident in your appearance. Of course, braces do so much more. If your teeth are misaligned, overlapping or crooked this can increase your risk for decay. That’s because there are places between teeth that might be more difficult to properly clean. This is where plaque and food can easily get trapped.
Furthermore, if the upper and lower teeth do not properly align this can put additional pressure on your teeth. Your jaws are amazingly powerful and can exert a lot of force, especially when chewing. If your teeth are misaligned this means that certain teeth are dealing with more force than they can often handle. Over time, this can lead to excessive wear and weakening of the tooth, leading to cracks or fractures.
Luckily, by getting braces to correct these common misalignments we can also reduce your risk for cavities, prevent excessive wear on teeth and improve the overall health of your smile.
So, how do you know if braces are right for you?
You may be an ideal candidate for braces if you are dealing with:
- Overbites: when your top teeth cover the bottom teeth
- Underbite: when the bottom teeth cover the top teeth
- Overjet: when teeth stick out
- Crossbite: when one or more teeth do not properly line up
- Open bite: when your upper and lower teeth do not meet
Remember, you are never too old to get braces. More and more adults are turning to orthodontic treatment to get the results they want and you can too. Parents who want to know if their child can benefit should bring their child in for an evaluation around the age of 7.
If you are living in Norwich, CT, and dealing with a misaligned smile that you hope braces can fix, then it’s time to turn to the dental experts at Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry to provide you with the treatment you need. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edward Yates. Let’s talk about braces!