Colorado Orthodontics

How Do I Know If I Need Braces?

Though having a mouth full of metal may not be appealing to most, the temporary struggle of braces is often done with the promise of improvement for the long term goal of oral health. Some oridontal issues can be resolved without braces by using a retainer or other gentle forms of realignment, but big issues will need braces.

Do You Need Braces? Let’s Find Out!

This 5-step checklist is here for you to use to determine if it’s time to start considering getting braces. Crooked, uneven teeth can range from mild to serious problems, so allow this guide to help you discover if it’s time to bite the metal bullet and straighten up!

1. Smile wide!

Take a good, long look at your teeth in the mirror. Teeth that will likely need braces will either be clustered together and overlapping, or spread out unevenly. Sometimes a jagged snaggletooth or crooked, isolated teeth will also be a problem. You can usually spot the problems on your own, especially if they occur in several areas in your mouth.

2. Food is always stuck in your teeth

Do you often have to fight with the floss to remove food remnants left between crooked or spaced out teeth? This isn’t normal for a healthy bite. Food should be easily removed with floss, if not washed away with water. If food is allowed to sit in your teeth for a long time, your risk for cavities is increased.

3. Smelly breath

Overlapping, hidden, or jagged teeth are nearly impossible to brush, even with the most detimirined hand. You just can’t reach the parts you need to reach with a crooked smile, and as a result, all that plague and gunk smells up your mouth from those hard-to-reach spots. All the mouthwash in the world can’t cure this!

4. Jaw pain

A crowded mouth with teeth that press and fight for dominance in your gums will give you an aching jaw. Sure, braces can hurt at first too when they’re applied and tightened, but the chronic jaw pain will be solved by the end. Jaw pain from misaligned teeth is a result of pressure from the other roots being pushed by neighboring teeth and can be solved by straightening it all out.

5. Insecurity

Cosmetic braces are an option, also. Your teeth may not be harmful to your health, but instead your mental capacity. If you hate your smile and suffer from extreme anxiety or insecurity, opting for braces can help. Some orthodontists won’t do the job unless it;s extremely necessary, but this doesn’t go for all of them. Your only bi problem will be getting insurance coverage.

Getting The Right Orthodontist For The Job

Colorado Orthodontics has many options for dental health and realignment, but choosing the best practice for you is ideal to survive the period of braces. Do your research and find an orthodontist that will be able to meet your needs and keep your anxiety over dental procedures at bay. Call around to find someone who has the anesthesia practices you prefer and accept your dental insurance plan.

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