While it’s normal to think of children wearing dental appliances to adjust and repair problems with teeth, it’s a problem that affects many adults. In fact, an article from the Scientific American indicates an orthodontic epidemic when it comes to our teeth. Nine in ten people suffer from teeth that are misaligned (or maloccluded), and 75% of us have wisdom teeth that lack the space to grow properly.
Because these issues can create problems with eating and speaking, managing this aspect of your dental health is important. Braces are a great way to help straighten a variety of dental conditions, so let's look at how braces work, and what problems they can help you manage.
Patients in the Houston, Texas, area looking to get help for misaligned teeth and other dental conditions can get help from Fresh Dental Care. Our cutting-edge equipment and methods, combined with extensive experience, offers quality dental care for the whole family.
This dental appliance is a common method of correcting a variety of tooth misalignments, by gradually moving teeth into place to improve function and overall health. While most people are likely familiar with the metal brackets that are placed on each affected tooth and bound together by wire typical of the traditional braces, there are many different types, including:
Your bite is the word used to describe how your upper and lower teeth align. A malocclusion, or bad bite, can create a lot of problems for how your teeth develop. Here are five bite problems braces can help correct:
When teeth grow improperly, they can result in insufficient space to develop where they should. This results in teeth that overlap, rotate, or appear crooked.
If your teeth are missing or undersized, it can create too much space for your teeth. This can create the perfect place for food to get stuck, for cavities to grow, and for gum disease.
When your upper row of teeth overlap the lower row too much, it can result in either a vertical (overbite) or horizontal (overjet) malocclusion.
This is the opposite problem, where the upper teeth are aligned behind the lower ones, which can stress the jaw and wear down teeth.
The above issues and others can lead to problems with how your jaw is aligned, making eating and talking more difficult. Your jaw may also be oversized, which can lead to some of the problems mentioned.
The earlier we catch these conditions, the sooner we can get started giving you a proper bite and better dental health. So, if you need braces or other forms of dental help, make an appointment with Fresh Dental Care today to get started.