Dental braces provide the obvious benefit of straighter teeth – a positive change in your physical appearance that you and others around you will notice every day. Plus, you may be able to bite and chew better than when your teeth were crooked or misaligned.
But there are other benefits beyond the obvious for situations including these:
Swallowing and breathing. Braces improve the alignment of teeth and give your teeth a natural alignment that aids in swallowing and breathing, especially when sleeping. This can eliminate snoring, sleep apnea and related sleep disorders.
Crossbite. Sometimes, one or several upper teeth can bite down inside the arch and toward the tongue, a situation that can cause pain and chewing problems – but braces can correct this issue and improve the arch.
Crowding. Extra or poorly positioned teeth can be realigned by Dr. Woods using braces and other orthodontic techniques to make biting and chewing easier and give a more pleasant appearance.
Deep overbites. When your front bottom teeth have such a large overbite that they bite into your upper lip, braces can correct the deep overbite and prevent you from hurting yourself when eating, providing a medical benefit in addition to an obvious cosmetic one.
Overjet. Another term for protruding upper teeth, overjet can be corrected with braces. In some cases, this is associated with an extra-short lower jaw, but a treatment option is available no matter the cause.
Disfiguring teeth positioning. Sometimes, teeth can be so out of alignment that the shape of the mouth and face is changed or disfigured. With care here at Brighton Dental, your teeth can be brought into alignment for an improvement in your overall looks – and to provide better function for you as well.
Pain in the jaw joint. Jaw pain isn’t normal. While it can have many causes, an orthodontic evaluation can tell you if braces can correct your jaw pain so you can chew, eat and talk without pain.
Missing or extra teeth. Missing teeth can be replaced to restore function, and extra teeth can be removed and the gap, if any, closed using orthodontic treatments including braces. Dr. Woods is an expert in cosmetic dentistry as well as orthodontics and can improve your mouth and oral health in many ways.
Speech problems. You may not realize that some speech impediments are the result of misaligned teeth. As the teeth alignment improves, so does your speech. Braces and other orthodontic treatments can be an important part of treating a speech issue.
Self-esteem concerns. When issues like these are corrected, it can provide an amazing boost to your self-esteem. Better-looking teeth mean a better smile with which to face the world, and this can make a remarkable different throughout your lifetime.
Children may experience additional issues that could cause the need for braces, including thumb or finger sucking leading to teeth misalignment.
When you come to Dr. Woods for braces and other orthodontic treatments, it all begins with an exam and a plan. The planning phase can include molds or casts, computer-generated images, photos and x-rays. Next comes treatment and followups for adjustments as needed. Finally, a retention phase focuses on making sure the results don’t drift over time so that your smile and function remain just as they should be for the rest of your life.
Learn more on our Braces page. And contact us for your braces appointment. We’ll assess the situation and offer you treatment options. For every dental situation, our gentle dental clinic offers a solution that will lead to better aesthetics, better function and a better life. Why not contact us now to get the process started?