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When Is Teeth Straightening Recommended?
The aim of undergoing teeth straightening treatment, which may involve using braces, aligners and retainers, is to straighten your teeth. Treatment often starts at an early age, during adolescence, but adults can also undergo the treatment. The dentist may recommend teeth straightening due to certain conditions.
The need for teeth straightening
Straightening the teeth is about more than just making the smile look good. The process may take several months, but it can fix certain crucial problems, including:
- Gaps between the teeth
- Overbite or underbite
- Crossbite and overjet
- Crowded teeth on the jaw
- Incorrect jaw alignment
Reasons to undergo teeth straightening include the following.
Improved oral health
Brushing and flossing are two major parts of a proper oral health routine to prevent dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, plaque or tartar buildup, worn tooth enamel or even worse, tooth loss. However, the process is harder when the teeth are crooked or misaligned. Food debris tends to get trapped easily between the teeth. Since they cannot be cleaned off completely, patients will deal with different dental issues due to plaque accumulation and gum inflammation. By undergoing teeth straightening, cleaning the mouth is easier.
For a better-looking smile
The dentist may recommend teeth straightening treatment for patients looking to improve the appearance of their smile. When the teeth are straight and spaced evenly, patients will feel more confident in their teeth and show off their smiles both in social and professional settings. People tend to judge others based on first impressions, and a straight smile can leave a good impression.
Poorly aligned teeth can limit your ability to chew foods adequately, and eating certain foods may be harder than usual. Since some of these foods are important for health, avoiding them means people have to resort to less nutritious foods, such as ice cream and canned soup. Straighter teeth make chewing easier, and a better chewing ability means that one can include crunchy and chewy foods.
Resolve jaw issues
Teeth straightening can also be recommended to resolve issues with the jaw. When the teeth fail to align correctly, such as a severe overbite or underbite, it can cause problems when swallowing or chewing. Patients may also suffer teeth grinding or bruxism, which causes further teeth deterioration. All of these can contribute to temporomandibular joint disorder. A straightening device like braces can realign the jaws to their proper position.
Patients with misaligned teeth or jaw can benefit from teeth straightening treatment at any age in life. The best time to get braces is between 11 to 14 years of age, when the mouth is still developing and the jaw and teeth are less rigid to change. However, since any adjustment to facial appearance can be dramatic around this age, parents need to consult the dentist first. Nevertheless, teeth straightening is not only for teenagers, but adults can also undergo the treatment to correct minor issues and improve their smile.
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