Not everyone who has braces made the decision to seek orthodontic treatment for cosmetic reasons; the vast majority seek treatment because they are having pain, problems chewing, or difficulty speaking. What do you need to know to decide if orthodontic treatment would benefit you? Analyzing the following list of orthodontic disorders should help you to make an informed decision.
When you have too many teeth for the size of your jaw it causes crowding of the teeth. This means they don’t grow in in a straight line. Many times they are overlapping. Because of this, effective brushing can be difficult. This increases the likelihood of cavities between teeth.
If you have crowded teeth in one part of their mouth may have large spaces in another part of the mouth. These spaces may harbor bacteria and make it more likely to develop decay. They may also affect your self-confidence.
An overbite is a common condition in which the top jaw sticks out too far over the lower jaw. Because the teeth don’t line up properly, it can lead to difficulty chewing, teeth grinding and gum damage. The good news is that overbites are easily corrected with braces and rubber bands.
Underbites occur almost as commonly as overbites. You know you have an underbite if your lower jaw protrudes further than your upper jaw. As with overbite, an untreated underbite can lead to damage to the teeth and gums as well as problems chewing.
Teeth At Odd Angles
Sometimes teeth grow in at an angle instead of straight. Other times they are knocked out of place while playing sports or from an accident. This makes them more prone to being chipped and broken. Orthodontic treatment can prevent these problems from occurring.
A crossbite is a combination of an overbite and underbite. Like other “bite” issues, this makes it more likely to have difficulty chewing. It also causes the teeth to wear unevenly.
If you have some teeth that meet and some that don’t, you have an openbite. Again, this bite problem affects chewing, which has an effect on your entire digestive system.
Here at A Smile 4 U dental office, we specialize in the treatment of orthodontic disorders. To find a location near you visit our website.