Our teeth have a major impact on our quality of life because they help us process our food. We tend to take them for granted when they’re doing well, but as soon as problems crop up, it’s pretty difficult to ignore them! The thing is, many people turn to brushing and flossing as the main solutions to dental problems. While doing so is a good idea, there may be more going on than insufficient tooth care.
If your teeth are misaligned, flossing and brushing can only do so much. Additionally, misaligned teeth wear down unevenly, leading to more dental problems. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss just how important braces can be and signs that it’s time to consider getting them.
Signs That You Might Need Braces
Orthodontics problems don’t tend to get better with time. That means if you don’t get them fixed early, you’ll probably end up paying a lot to handle them later. Here are some clear signs that braces could really help you out.
You have an overbite.
When we say “overbite,” we’re talking about the way that your upper and lower teeth overlap. An overbite refers to the situation where your upper teeth stick out a lot farther than your bottom teeth. It is often accompanied by a receding chin. Here are some of the dental problems that come up as a result of an overbite:
- Your front teeth are more likely to be fractured if you get injured.
- Restorative work like veneers, crowns, and cosmetic fillings don’t last as long as they could.
- Your front teeth will wear down more quickly.
Orthodontic treatment can solve an overbite and set you up for a good dental future. This is true whether you’re a kid or an adult.
Your teeth are crowded.
One of the most common reasons why people get braces, crowding refers to a situation where there simply isn’t enough room in the mouth for all the teeth. The teeth get packed together and end up very crooked. Here are some of the problems crowded teeth can give you:
- Over time, the crowding will just get worse, making it difficult to floss and brush correctly.
- If the problem gets severe enough, certain areas can become impossible to clean.
- The results are tooth decay, gum disease, jaw bone loss, and more.
Orthodontics can get the teeth spread out and correctly aligned. While it is great to get braces at a young age, you can get them at any point. Avoiding dental complications is worth it!
You have an underbite.
We mentioned an overbite above, where your upper teeth stick out a lot farther than your lower ones. An underbite is the opposite. An underbite happens when your lower teeth jut out in front of your upper teeth. It usually happens when the lower jaw is disproportionately large. It brings the following challenges:
- Faster aging of the face
- Trouble chewing and biting
- An imbalanced facial appearance
An underbite can make life more difficult than it needs to be. We can fix the issues and get you or your loved one set!
You have an openbite.
If you have an openbite, your front teeth won’t touch when your mouth is closed. An openbite leads to the following issues:
- Speech problems
- Trouble biting
The team at Rogers & Andrews is proud to be able to address this condition so that our patients can avoid troubling dental problems in the future.
You have a crossbite.
This condition shows up when teeth are out of alignment on both the upper and lower jaws. As a result, some upper teeth are behind the lower teeth. The dental issues associated with this condition are many:
- Gum recession around the affected teeth
- Worn and fractured teeth
- Asymmetrical growth of the jaw
When you turn to our team, we can align your teeth so that they don’t wear down or fracture.
Make an Appointment with Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics
Helping people live life to the fullest gives our team reasons to come to work every day. We are proud to be able to provide world-class orthodontic care to Augusta. When you choose our orthodontist team, you can rest assured that you’ll get the very best care available. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help your dental health today!