People are normally conscious about how they look. Most of the time, a good outfit, a clean hairdo, and proper accessories can be helpful in making you presentable. However, there are things that might be difficult to change, or would take a large amount of effort to change—your teeth are one of these hard-to-change aspects of your appearance. Most people would be content with pearly white teeth, but folks with teeth that are very crowded or too distantly spaced-apart might want to go for braces to correct the alignment of their teeth.
Regular visits to your dentist should be enough to point out any difficult dental problems that cannot just be solved by the usual cleaning and filling in. As such, your dentist might conduct a dental X-ray, or he might refer you to an orthodontist so you can better diagnose these problems. But even prior to your visit to an orthodontist, there are some signs you should watch out for that might necessitate dental braces.
Spacing. Braces are often used to treat teeth that have spacing problems. These usually come in different forms. Some people have teeth that are too widely spaced apart. In these instances, the braces will be used to pull the teeth closer toward each other to close the gaps. Some have teeth that are too crowded, which might cause mis-alignment and which might push some teeth inward or outward. In these cases, the orthodontist would have to pull out a few teeth to give adequate space, and then install braces so that the remaining teeth would be more evenly spaced.
Overbite or underbite. Alignment problems are often caused by overcrowding. However, sometimes teeth tend to grow misaligned on their own, which would become evident as a person grows into adulthood. Braces would also be a good way of resolving this kind of problem. Overbite is the case in which the upper molars protrude over the lower molars. underbite, meanwhile, is when the lower front teeth protrude over the upper front teeth, with the lower teeth being much larger than normal. These are often alignment problems, which can be treated with dental braces. In these cases, an orthodontist would often have to remove some of the teeth to give space for fixing the alignment.
Crossbite. Some alignment problems involve crossbite, which means the top teeth fall either inside or behind the lower teeth when you bite down. Alignment problems are often caused by overcrowding. However, sometimes teeth tend to grow misaligned on their own. These are often caused by irregularities in the growth of one’s jaw from youth to adulthood. Crossbites can also result from milk teeth falling after permanent teeth have grown (in which the permanent teeth are not given room to grow along the correct alignment, but on different rows). Braces would also be a good way of resolving this kind of problem.
Apart from these problems, most dentists and orthodontists would ask you about certain observations you might have with your teeth. For instance, if you often bite your cheeks, you might need to have your teeth realigned. If you have difficulty with chewing or biting food properly, then you can improve this condition with braces. Other conditions include note being able to close your lips fully, the lower jaw shifting to one side when you close your mouth, and having a chin that’s too weak or too prominent.
Having orthodontic problems is often a concern that affects a person's confidence and well-being. However, not only can alignment problems be aesthetically unappealing. They can also be health hazards. For one, misalignments can result in difficulty in cleaning one’s teeth, especially if some surfaces are hard to reach. Alignment problems can also cause difficulty in eating. In any case, an orthodontist would be able to fix the problem over the course of one or two years with braces.