Common Conditions Braces Correct
We typically answer this depending on the alignment of your teeth and jaw as well as the results you wish to achieve. If you are curious if braces can help you achieve your orthodontic treatment care goals, here are five common orthodontic problems that braces can correct.
Overly Crowded Teeth
While there are multiple solutions to overcrowded teeth, braces are usually the healthiest long-term options. We recommend orthodontic treatment as soon as possible because overlapping teeth can be difficult to brush and floss, so proper oral hygiene becomes a challenge. If left untreated, more extensive orthodontic options may be necessary.
An overbite is when your top teeth vertically overlap with your bottom teeth. This is one of the most common conditions because it can be caused by a variety of reasons like thumb-sucking as a child or early development of the bone. With advances in technology, there are a variety of options to treat your overbite.
The opposite of an overbite, an underbite occurs when the bottom teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth. This type of bite can add extra pressure on the jaw joint leading to extensive discomfort and wear on teeth. If left untreated, an underbite can cause chronic jaw or joint (TMJ) pain and will require surgery.
Gaps in between teeth
Just as teeth can be overcrowded, they can have excess space. This can be caused by a variety of reasons like teeth being undersized or an oversized labial frenum, which is the piece of tissue that extends from the inside of your upper lip to the gum just above your two upper front teeth. This type of bite can also be formed habitually from thumb-sucking or excessive pacifier use. Depending on the cause of your gap, we can help find the solution that fits you best.
This type of bite is when the upper and lower front teeth do not come together when the mouth is closed. In most cases, an open bite is caused from habits during childhood and can easily be fixed with braces and common orthodontic devices. Usually, surgery is only recommended to patients who have finished growing and basic orthodontic treatment isn’t enough.
Have more questions about whether braces are the right fit for you? Let us help you find the best orthodontic solution by scheduling a consultation today.