Is It Time To Consider Braces?
You're never too old for braces. In fact, 20% of people who wear braces are adults. Braces not only straighten teeth but also improve your bite, making it easier to chew and speak clearly. The dental team at All Smiles, Worth's orthodontics professionals, have helped countless patients perfect their smiles. They know you have plenty of questions when you're considering braces for yourself or a child. If you're not sure if it's the right time for orthodontic treatment, ask yourself the following questions:
Is there a bite problem?
Overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and might make it difficult to chew food thoroughly. Braces correct the problem by slowly moving the teeth into alignment.
Are you concerned about overcrowding or undercrowding?
Braces are a good option if overcrowding is a problem. Teeth compete for space when there's not enough room in your mouth. They may overlap each other and grow at odd angles due to lack of space. If the opposite problem, under crowding is an issue, you'll notice gaps between your teeth.
Have your teeth shifted?
As we age, it's not unusual for teeth to shift. Even if you had perfect teeth when you were younger or wore braces, shifting can change the alignment of your teeth. Shifting occurs due to a variety of reasons, including genetics, jaw clenching, teeth grinding, loss of a tooth and gum disease.
Is it difficult to clean your teeth?
When teeth overlap, it’s hard to reach every nook and cranny when you brush and floss your teeth. If you can’t remove food particles and plaque, you are at risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. Straightening your teeth will not only improve your appearance; it can also improve your oral health.
Are you interested in new options for straightening your teeth?
If you’ve never gotten braces because you don’t like the look of metal or ceramic braces, one of the newer brace options may be a good option. Lingual braces work just like traditional braces, but are attached to the back of your teeth. If you prefer removable braces, Invisalign is a good alternative. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligners to move your teeth. The aligners can be removed when you eat or drink, or for special events.
Ready to take the next step? Call All Smiles, the Worth orthodontics pros, at (708) 448-0333 to make an appointment. There's never been a better time to improve your smile.