Unhappy with your smile? Finding bits of food from last night’s supper in your teeth despite flossing? Ruining a new toothbrush every other week? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be in need of orthodontics.
But even if these problems do not assail you, you may still benefit from minor correction or realignments. And now, with even more options available for adult-oriented orthodontry, there is no reason why you should not get them if you were left out during your adolescence. The question is, how do you determine if you need them? I hope to clarify some points on what to look for, and how to spot a problem that can be fixed by orthodontry.
When To Get Orthodontry
There are basically two reasons that people get braces, but the two reasons converge on many points. The first reason is to correct a malocclusion - an unevenness in the jaw or in the the way that teeth meet when biting and chewing food. The second is aesthetic, folks usually want two straight rows of teeth that look pretty when they smile. Generally, an aesthetically appealing smile is one that is without malocclusions.
What To Look For
The first thing one can do is to take a good look at the teeth one has. Can the issues one feels be corrected with braces at all? Usually, the answer is yes. Bite down in front a of a mirror, and see where any gaps or malocclusions occur. If the bite is not straight, then you can benefit from wearing braces. Also see if any of your teeth are crooked or rotated into a different direction than where they should be.
If you think you may have some issues, the best thing to do is to call a dentist and have a chat. Mention what you have seen when smiling or biting down in front of the mirror, the dentist should have a pretty good idea of what can be done. Of course, in order for a dentist to make an accurate analysis, the dentist will need to see the teeth in question. A consultation session will be needed, and the dentist will not only have an idea of what to do but can probably also give you a price and a treatment plan detailing what kind of braces can be used, how much braces cost, and how long you will need to wear braces.