No one is ever too old to receive orthodontic treatment. Whether you are a teenager looking to straighten your teeth and correct your smile, or an adult needing to realign your jaw, orthodontic treatment can help.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment exceed a straight smile and can impact the long-term health of your teeth.
Here are just some of the many benefits that orthodontic treatment can provide and tips on making an appointment.
When to See an Orthodontist
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have a consultation with an orthodontist around the age of 7. By this time, children have enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine if there are any problems that may not be visible to the common eye.
- While issues like misaligned teeth, an overbite, and an underbite are more pronounced, orthodontists can use x-rays to determine if there are extra teeth, missing teeth, or impacted teeth.
- An orthodontist can spot if your child’s thumb-sucking habit has affected the growth of their teeth or jaw.
- If your child struggles to articulate their words, the solution may be orthodontic treatment. Oftentimes, lisps and other speech impediments are caused by gaps in teeth or overbites. After correcting these conditions, the tongue can make a proper connection to the roof of your mouth, which leads to corrected speech.
- Difficulty chewing or biting, mouth breathing, or the inability to comfortably close lips are additional reasons to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist sooner rather than later.
Benefits to Orthodontic Treatment
Improves Long-Term Dental Health
When your teeth are crooked or overcrowded, flossing and cleaning in between each tooth can become extremely difficult. Having a straight smile makes it easier to correctly brush and floss your teeth, impacting your overall oral hygiene. Having good dental habits is essential to preventing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. For this reason, orthodontic treatment lowers your risk for future dental problems.
Your bite is the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. A natural or ideal bite is when your teeth come down evenly and rest on top of each other. An overbite is when your upper front teeth overlap your bottom teeth. Patients that experience overbites may have protruding lips or a weak chin. If your jaw extends outward and your bottom teeth cover your upper front teeth, you may have what is known as an underbite.
Orthodontic treatment can realign the jaw to give you a natural and ideal bite. Not only does this help the shape of your face look more symmetrical, but it also improves oral health and improves other dental problems like teeth grinding and chewing.
In fact, braces are one of the most common treatments for TMJ. By correcting your jaw alignment, you will also be alleviating immense amounts of pain. TMJ can also be an underlying cause of neck pain and headaches, so orthodontic treatment can also benefit your overall physical health.
Straight, Beautiful Smile
Your smile is one of the first things people notice when meeting a new person. We know how important first impressions can be, which is why we go above and beyond expectations to give you a smile you love.
Having a corrected, straight smile is proven to increase self-esteem and boost confidence, affecting a person’s overall happiness. You deserve a smile you feel confident in and want to show off to the world. No more hiding in pictures or not showing your teeth. If you are ready to take the first step to your perfect smile, schedule your free consultation today.