Braces can correct a number of cosmetic and functional dental issues. For a list of common signs that you may need braces, read on:
The most obvious sign that you need braces is a visible malocclusion, commonly known as crooked teeth. This is more than just a cosmetic problem: It can be difficult to keep overlapping teeth clean and poor dental hygiene leads to oral issues such as cavities. Fortunately, braces can be used to fix everything from a mildly crooked smile to teeth that are so far out of alignment that they are growing out of the gum improperly. There is a form of braces available to fix every type of malocclusion, no matter what the problem might be.
An even more serious problem than crooked teeth is an improper bite, of which crooked teeth may actually be an indicator. A normal bite will align so that the molars meet in a straight line and the top front teeth come down slightly over the bottom teeth when the mouth is at rest. If your bite is not configured like this, serious problems in chewing and speaking may occur.
An improper bite can contribute to temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMJ. This condition is a direct result of a poor bite: Because the jaw is out of alignment, the jaw muscles have to compensate, which can place undue strain on them and cause pain and stiffness. This can also cause the teeth to wear down faster and more unevenly.
If you think that you could benefit from braces, contact King Orthodontics in Durham, North Carolina. We provide a number of different braces systems, including Invisalign and Damon braces. For more information, call us today at (919) 246-4433.