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Do You Really Need Braces?

We love to see a bright smile full of straight teeth and we love to have one, too, but we don’t all come by them the same way. Our smiles are affected by genetics, attentiveness to care, and our injuries, growth, and special products we sometimes use, like those for whitening.

Millions of people have and have had braces, but the reasons for having them aren’t summed up in a pretty smile. Braces are there to help correct problems with the teeth and jaws because, believe it or not, the way your mouth functions has a big impact on your health.

Just think, what if you couldn’t chew your food appropriately? That could result in issues with your stomach and nutrition.

What if your jaw was misaligned for a very long time? You could end up with routine headaches that just won’t go away.

Are Braces For Everyone?

Braces can help to correct or avoid these types of related health issues, but that doesn’t mean everyone needs braces. In fact, having straight teeth is not the only way to have a healthy mouth.

Each set of teeth is unique and develops differently. Dentists and orthodontists are experts on these developments and can evaluate your teeth and jaws to determine if braces or other dental care should be recommended. It may be that the best course of care is the simplest: brushing and flossing every day.

Signs You May Need Braces

Most people aren’t too excited about the prospect of getting braces, but if you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to check in with the dentist.  

  • Are your teeth overcrowded?
  • Do you have an overbite or underbite?
  • Are any of your teeth missing?
  • Have you experienced a popping jaw when you’re chewing?

If the dentist thinks you may need some options to address these signs, he can refer you to an orthodontist who will put together the perfect plan of action for you. A lot of people get their braces when they are in their teens, but don’t worry if as an adult you’ve noticed these signs. Nearly a quarter of those who get braces are adults, and their reasons may be anywhere from simply waiting or developing issues with their teeth during their adult years.

Traditional Braces Aren’t the Only Solution

Whether you’re young or old, there are also many ways you can now take care of these issues that don’t necessarily require traditional metal braces. Clear plastic trays are a popular choice for the working professional, but there are also braces that can be affixed to the backside of teeth and braces made from less noticeable materials that still function like traditional braces. So if you need braces, there’s something out there perfect for you, and if you don’t need braces, that’s just fine, too! Call us today if you are concerned you might need braces.