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Smile Makeover: Is It Time for Braces to Transform Your Teeth?

How to Determine If You Need Braces For Teeth Straightening
How To Determine If You Need Braces For Teeth Straightening

There are many reasons people get themselves a set of braces for straighter teeth. The primary - and perhaps the most obvious- is having a more excellent smile. A group of straight teeth could be that confidence booster some might need. Others may want straight teeth because it is easier to maintain cleanliness. It is easier to clean better with straighter teeth than hard-to-reach areas when teeth are crowded.

Sometimes, orthodontics (or teeth alignment) is performed to help others eat and speak better (functional reasons). However, it is essential to note that orthodontics is not always necessary for healthy, functional teeth. Patients should only consider having their teeth straightened if they feel a need, functional or aesthetic. Whatever the reason, the objective of braces (or other orthodontics) can help achieve your goals.

Orthodontics (or the specialty of which teeth are moved to achieve good alignment) could be a solution for the following teeth misalignment issues:

Overcrowding of Teeth (H2)

Overcrowding could lead to malalignment of teeth within and between the upper and lower teeth. Teeth crowding can increase the chance of tooth decay and gum diseases as teeth that overlap are more challenging to clean, resulting in poor oral hygiene.

Underbite or Overbite (H2)

Upper and lower jaw discrepancies could result in an underbite or an overbite.

In some cases, jaw discrepancies can also determine the soft tissue profile. Orthodontics to correct/ camouflage mild jaw discrepancies could improve the facial profile of patients.

Crossbites (H2)

Crossbites or scissor bites could result from an arch asymmetry of the jaw. Crossbites could sometimes cause minor but often annoying issues when there is a lip trap or cheek-biting.

Excessive Spacing Between Teeth (H2)

Spacing - possibly due to congenitally missing teeth or the occurrence of small-sized teeth due to genetics.

Open Up Spaces (H2)

To open up spaces for restorative prostheses, orthodontics would have to be done in some situations to create adequate space for the finished prosthesis (such as a bridge, crown, or implant)

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