People who have crooked teeth can tell pretty easily that they need braces. But it’s not that obvious with every patient. You have to look a bit deeper to decide whether you have teeth that might need braces. Do you need braces for an overbite? Do your teeth line up? Are you having digestive problems? Is it hard to talk? Can you get braces for underbite correction?
Smith & Davis Orthodontics knows there are many benefits to braces, assuming you need them. We can help determine that through a free, initial consultation. However, you probably want to know for yourself whether you need braces, and you can do that by looking for certain signs that you do.
Signs You Have Misaligned Teeth
The main reason people get braces is because their teeth are misaligned. They don’t line up properly because there are jaw problems, overbites, underbites, or crooked teeth. These bad bites can cause a host of problems, which is what you want to look for in trying to figure out whether you need braces.
Misalignment of Center Line of Teeth
This one is fairly easy to see. Close your mouth normally and open your lips. There is a center vertical line that should run from between your top front teeth (incisors) to your bottom front teeth. If the line doesn’t line up, your teeth or jaws are out of alignment.
It’s Hard to Bite
You may find it hard to bite or chew your food properly if your teeth are misaligned. Your jaw may feel tired or even sore after chewing, particularly with hard or chewy foods. Misaligned teeth put extra pressure on your jaw that it’s not designed to take.
Accidental Biting or Tooth Grinding
If your teeth are misaligned, you may find that you bite your tongue or the inside of your cheek often. You may also find that you grind your teeth. This puts added stress not only on your jaw but on your teeth, cheeks and tongue. You could end up with sores inside your mouth or cracks or chips in your teeth as a result.
You Have Speech Issues
You may speak with a lisp or find you have trouble pronouncing certain sounds because your tongue doesn’t hit your teeth properly. Sounds such as s, ch, x, and sh can be more difficult with misaligned teeth.
You Find Brushing and Flossing Difficult
Misaligned teeth may have too much space or too little space between them, making it difficult to get them clean by brushing and flossing. Proper brushing and flossing are vital for healthy teeth. A lack of proper brushing and flossing could lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Do I Need Braces?
How do you know if you need braces? Do you need braces for an overbite? How do you fix an underbite? What if you have gaps from missing teeth? Good news! Orthodontic treatment can fix all of this!
Here are a few things orthodontic treatment can repair:
- Overbite – your upper teeth are farther in front of your lower teeth than they should be
- Deep bite – your upper teeth are even more forward from the lower teeth
- Underbite – your lower teeth jut out in front of your upper teeth
- Crossbite – your upper back teeth overlap the lower ones
- Gap teeth – you have excessive space between two or more of your teeth
- Crooked teeth – your teeth are turned to the left or right instead of being straight
- Displaced teeth – your teeth erupted too high or low because there wasn’t enough space for them to come in correctly
If you have any of these dental issues, then treatment with braces or Invisalign may be what you need!
How Do I Fix My Teeth With Braces?
You don’t have to live with crooked teeth or a bad bite. Patients in the Rogers, AR, area can have their teeth fixed with Smith & Davis Orthodontics. We create your beautiful new smile using clear braces or Invisalign clear aligners. Both options provide low-profile looks with proven movement power.
Treatment by a professional orthodontist is the best way to straighten your teeth and fix your bite. We use cutting-edge technology to examine your mouth and create a plan customized to your needs. We’ll let you know whether braces or Invisalign treatment is best for you.
We know money can be a concern when getting treatment with braces. That’s why we offer low down payments to get you started. We also offer low payment plans and extended payment plans that can stretch your payments up to 36 months. We want to make your treatment affordable so you get the smile you always dream of having.
Fixing Your Teeth With Braces
You shouldn’t have to live with crooked teeth or a bad bite. They can have an impact on your physical health, but they can also impact your emotional and mental health as well. We’ve seen firsthand how treatment with braces or Invisalign has given our patients huge boosts of self-confidence and self-esteem. They find new reasons to smile and show off their smiles. We want that for you, too! Contact us to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. Let us show you how braces or Invisalign can fix your smile!