Do you smile with your mouth closed? Do you tend to cover your mouth when you laugh? While there’s nothing wrong with having crooked teeth, you should visit an orthodontist if you believe your teeth are a source of discomfort or embarrassment.
Braces can straighten your teeth, fix bite issues and improve the appearance of your smile. The best part about braces is that the results last a lifetime. It may be because of an overbite, underbite, a gap between your upper and lower teeth called an open bite, or uneven spacing between your teeth. Read on to learn more about why braces might be the right choice for you.
Do your upper and lower teeth not fit together properly? Do your upper teeth overlap your lower ones? This is a sign of a pronounced overbite. Overbites are often hereditary, but they can also be caused by bad childhood habits like thumb-sucking, prolonged bottle-feeding or tongue thrusting.
Dental braces are a great option to fix misaligned teeth. The type of braces recommended by your orthodontist will depend on the extent of your overbite. The duration of the orthodontic treatment depends on the individual but could take about two years or more.
Do your lower teeth overlap your front teeth when you smile? If so, you might have an underbite. Those with an underbite tend to experience eating difficulties, sleeping issues and oral health issues like tooth decay or chronic jaw pain.
Braces are the most common way an orthodontist can correct your bite. Though you might need to wear braces for about two years and a retainer after that, braces are the most inexpensive and effective way to fix your bite.
Is there a noticeable gap between your upper and lower teeth? You may have an open bite. Patients with an open bite could have a lisp or another speech impediment, or have trouble chewing or swallowing.
A minor open bite can be treated with braces. However, braces will only be recommended for younger patients who are still growing. If you’re an adult experiencing an open bite, corrective jaw surgery might be needed.
Are your teeth irregularly spaced? Do you notice wide gaps when you smile? Excess gaps between teeth can cause difficulty eating and impair your bite and jaw function. This is perhaps the most common reason patients get braces.
If any of the above sounds like your smile, you may need braces. It’s always best to consult with a dentist to determine the best treatment options to straighten your teeth. If you’d like to discuss a treatment plan, book an appointment with Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre today. We’re a family-friendly clinic located in Transcona, near Lagimodiere Boulevard and Regent Avenue.