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How to Know if You Need Braces

Posted on March 28, 2023

Braces are vital for many people in order to improve their oral health and the appearance of their smile. However, how do you know if you need braces or simple dental treatment? Below are some key signs that may indicate you need braces.

Misaligned Teeth

First, if your teeth are crooked or misaligned, then it is a sign that you may need braces. Crooked teeth can be difficult to keep clean and healthy, as the food particles and bacteria tend to get stuck in the crevices created by the misalignment. Additionally, misalignment can make it difficult to speak or chew properly. If your crooked teeth cause more cavities, prevent you from properly brushing and flossing, or make it difficult to eat, then braces may be necessary.

Gaps between Teeth

If you have gaps between your teeth, then this is also an indicator that you may need braces. These small spaces can make it difficult for food particles and bacteria to be removed from your teeth, which can lead to cavities and other dental issues. Additionally, gaps between the teeth can make it difficult for the jaw muscles to work properly, leading to headaches or pain in the jaw area.

Overcrowded Teeth

If your mouth seems overcrowded with teeth, then you may need braces. Overcrowding can lead to difficulty chewing and speaking since the teeth are too close together. Additionally, overcrowded teeth make it difficult to clean them properly, leading to an increased chance of cavities and other dental issues.

Poor Alignment After Braces Treatment

Doctors recommend that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign treatment, use a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back toward their initial position. Unfortunately, not all patients follow their doctor’s advice and may suffer from poor alignment after the treatment is completed. If you find that your teeth are not properly aligned after completing orthodontic treatment, then braces may be needed in order to correct the issue.

These are just some of the signs that indicate you may need braces. If you have any of the above issues or if you are worried about your dental health, then it is best to speak with your dentist and discuss whether braces may be a good option for you.

Our expert staff works hard to bring healthy and beautiful smiles to Lincoln California! Not sure what you’re looking for? Don’t worry! We’ve got what you need! Dr. Crawford specializes in orthodontic care for children and adults and is an Invisalign® Certified Provider. We offer an assortment of orthodontic options to cater to your unique needs!

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