Not sure if your smile can be improved with braces? Our Midtown, GA, dentists - Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis and Dr. Sunny Patel of Dentistry for Midtown - share a few signs that you may benefit from orthodontics.
You're unhappy with the appearance of your smile
It's hard to feel proud of your smile when you have an orthodontic issue, such as crowding, gaps, crooked or overlapping teeth, or teeth that have grown in at odd angles. Braces gradually realign your teeth, improving your appearance and boosting your self-confidence.
Your bite could use some help
You may have a bite problem if your upper and lower teeth don't fit together correctly when you close your mouth. Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite, your smile can be helped with orthodontic treatment. Bite problems aren't just cosmetic, but can cause headaches, jaw pain, gum disease, enamel erosion and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). If your issues are severe, you may even accidentally cut your mouth with your teeth when you try to chew.
You have trouble speaking clearly or chewing
More complex bite issues can affect your ability to speak clearly or pronounce some words. After you receive orthodontic treatment, speech issues will no longer be a problem. When your teeth don't fit together properly, chewing may be difficult. Gastrointestinal problems can be an unexpected consequence of bite issues. If you swallow foods whole because chewing is too difficult, an upset stomach may become a daily occurrence.
Your teeth have shifted
It's not unusual to experience some shifting as you get older. The problem can even occur if you've worn braces or formerly had perfectly straight teeth. Luckily, visiting our Midtown office for orthodontic treatment can help you regain your perfect smile.
How braces can help
Braces apply gentle pressure to your teeth, gradually changing their alignment. Metal braces offer an excellent way to straighten your smile, but they're not the only option. Ceramic braces use clear brackets and clear or metal wires to make your orthodontic treatment less obvious. If you would prefer to keep your orthodontic treatment completely private, lingual braces or Invisalign may be good choices for you. The wires and brackets used for lingual braces are attached to the back sides of your teeth, while Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners instead of wires and brackets.
Make over your smile with orthodontics! Call our Midtown, GA, dentists - Dr. Koch, Dr. Soulimiotis and Dr. Patel of Dentistry for Midtown - at (404) 249-1716 to schedule your appointment.