Do I Need Braces

Do I Need Braces?

Team Braces, Orthodontics

Braces are highly effective orthodontic appliances. They correct both simple and complex tooth alignment issues.

You may consider getting braces if you feel dissatisfied with your tooth alignment. You may have gapped, crooked, or crossed teeth or a more severe problem like an overbite or underbite.

Fortunately, braces are appropriate for children and adults, regardless of the severity of their orthodontic issues. This blog will explain how to tell whether you need braces, share the advantages of this treatment method, and answer some frequently asked questions.

Advantages of Braces

  • Appropriate for all ages (10 and up)
  • Versatile enough for complex treatment plans
  • Better results than clear aligners
  • Improves oral health
  • Improving dental bite keeps jaws healthy and promotes good digestion

How to Determine Whether You Need Braces

If you suspect you need braces, consult a qualified orthodontist. Some of the signs you should look for include:

  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite: Upper teeth protrude over lower teeth and hide lower teeth from view
  • Underbite: Lower teeth protrude beyond upper teeth
  • Crossbite: Jaws are not aligned horizontally
  • Open bite: Teeth do not correctly meet when closing the mouth
  • A jaw that clicks or makes a grating sound

How Braces Work

Your orthodontist cements brackets onto your teeth and then places molar bands on your back teeth. Archwires connect the molar bands and the brackets, guiding the teeth in their movements. Small elastic bands slip around the brackets, holding the archwire in place.

The orthodontist adjusts the archwire over time, encouraging the teeth to shift. The treatment time depends on your orthodontic issues, but it takes about 12 to 24 months on average.

Tips for Success With Braces

Practice excellent oral hygiene. Brush and floss as your orthodontist instructs. Use interproximal brushes and floss threaders to clean around the brackets and wires.

After braces adjustments, you may want to eat softer foods until the discomfort subsides. You can gradually add your favorite foods to your diet as your comfort allows.

Frequently Asked Questions About Braces

What happens if my child needs braces and doesn't get them?

Tooth alignment issues can lead to worsening oral health. Crossed, crooked teeth are hard to clean and may harbor plaque and food particles. These particles can lead to higher rates of gum disease and tooth decay.

Do I have to wear a retainer after braces?

Retainer wear is essential after braces treatment. If you do not wear your retainer as your orthodontist prescribes, your teeth will return to their original positions, and you will lose your investment in orthodontic care. Ideally, you will wear your retainer indefinitely after braces removal.

Call Desert Orthodontics

Braces are more than just cosmetic. They can reshape your smile and improve your oral health. If you want to learn more about how braces can help improve your smile, please call our Las Cruces, NM, office at 575-521-0900. We would gladly schedule a consultation with Dr. Pardo.