There’s no question that you should only consider getting braces once a qualified dental professional has conducted a check up and made a recommendation. But while we rely on these experts to tell us when we or our children require braces, there can be many different reasons why braces are required. There isn’t just one dental problem that braces solve, but a variety of different issues. Here are some of the more common dental conditions that braces can eventually take care of.
This is the most common issue that braces can fix and, surprisingly, a not especially rare occurrence for the mouth thanks to the genetics of having two different parents with two different mouths. It can be looked at as either a mouth is too small for teeth growing in it, or the teeth are too big for the mouth. Sometimes, the problem is so severe it requires teeth to be extracted in order to make more room.
In many cases, however, crowing can literally be “straightened out,” by the addition of braces for a set period of time. This separates and reconfigures the teeth into a more even, orderly line of distribution in the mouth, rather than teeth going crooked and making routine brushing and flossing much more difficult.
This occurs when the lower teeth—that is, the teeth on the jaw—extend in front of the upper teeth. The more severe form of underbite may require surgery to the jaw. In less serious cases, however, braces can bring both the upper and lower teeth into line given enough time to do their work.
If left unattended, underbite can do everything from affect general appearance to creating difficulties for biting and chewing. In some cases, persistent underbite can even contribute to a person looking older. Underbite can also contribute to snoring, sleep apnea and other related disorders.
This is the opposite of underbite, where the upper teeth extend past the lower teeth. This condition can also vary from minor to serious, with appropriate treatment methods, though ceramic or invisalign braces are another effective method for some overbite conditions.
As with underbite, overbite can affect your appearance, and even contribute to an unintended aging affect. “Facial collapse” is when a condition such as overbite prematurely causes wrinkles and even “shrinks the jaw” making a face appear smaller and rounder than it used to, as the overbite changes the overall shape of the face.
These and other conditions such as crossbite and openbite can all have an effect not just on appearance, but overall tooth and gum health. Fortunately, there are always ways to correct these issues, and braces are one of the most effective, permanent ways to get a proper solution. If you or your child are experiencing discomfort in your mouth, or are noticing difficulties in chewing food, get a check-up with a dentist. You may find that ceramic braces of invisalign braces are the solution you need to get the problem fixed once and for all.