How Do I Know If I Need Braces - Solas Orthodontics

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Solas Orthodontics presents a slideshow letting you know the signs to look out for that could indicate a need for braces.

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How Do I Know If I Need Braces

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Do You Need Braces ● The question can pop up for any number of reasons just some of which include: ○ being unhappy with your smile ○ experiencing pain or discomfort in your teeth or jaw ○ Believing that your teeth need to be straightened ○ comparing braces to other forms of dental correction retainers Invisalign etc.. ○ having braces recommended to you by a dentist or health professional. ● Whatever spurs the question it’s nice to have some answers. We’ve compiled here some signs that might indicate your dental health would benefit from braces.

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Overcrowded or Crooked Teeth This is the most common cause for braces - especially in children. Overcrowded teeth are a result of insufficient space. When teeth develop without enough space they crowd together and often end up crooked or overlapping each other. If crowded teeth aren’t treated they can get worse over time making the process of cleaning your teeth properly become more and more difficult. It is important that overcrowding is treated as over time it can lead to plaque build-up bad odors tooth decay and even gum disease. While it is easier to have overcrowding treated as a child it is still possible to be fixed as an adult and prevent any further complications.

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Large Gaps Just as teeth that are too close together pose a threat to your dental hygiene so do teeth that are too far apart. Whether this is due to missing teeth disproportionately small teeth or naturally occurring gaps many people choose to get braces to resolve the issue. It is recommended that large gaps be treated by braces as food particles are often caught in these spaces allowing bacteria to grow and putting you at risk of damaged gums.

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Misaligned Bite There are several ways in which your bite may be misaligned and it is easy to discover whether you have bite issues. When you bite down and bring your teeth together they should meet in the middle. If your upper teeth protrude in front of your lower teeth you have an overbite. If it is the other way around and your lower teeth extend past your upper teeth you have an underbite. If when you bite down your upper and lower teeth do not meet at all leaving a gap between them this is an open bite.

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Misaligned Bite cont’d Misaligned bites can lead to a build up in plaque and decaying foods which can in turn lead to gum disease abscesses and even the loss of teeth. They can also cause difficulty in chewing and strained jaw muscles which can cause frequent headaches.

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Jaw Discomfort Frequent and prolonged jaw discomfort which is often caused by dental issues can often lead to headaches and earaches. Having these dental problems resolved by braces can in turn lessen the severity of or completely remove to accompanying aches and pains.

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Getting Braces ● Did you know that you don’t need a dentist’s recommendation in order to get braces ● You can go straight to an orthodontist who will be able to tell you whether or not you would benefit from braces what might be involved in your treatment and how to go about it.

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If you or your child are suffering from any of these dental issues contact us today to find out more about teeth straightening in Perth.

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