There are many reasons for getting or needing braces. They can range from the purely cosmetic to the essential based on your individual dental health. Most people think that braces are only for straitening teeth, but they can have many more oral health benefits as well. Granted, the straitening of the teeth is still the primary reason that most get braces, but things such as speech impediments and even sleep apnea can also be effectively treated in certain situations with braces as well. Let’s look at some of the many varying core and fringe reasons why both adults and children are getting braces at higher rates than ever now.
As far as the alignment of the teeth go, there are 3 core classes of “bite” or teeth misalignment that most orthodontists use. These classes are:
- Class 1 – Considered the ideal relationship between the upper and lower teeth. Crowding or spacing of the teeth may be present with Class I bite.
- Class 2 – Commonly known as “over bite.” The patient’s lower first molar is positioned posterior, or more towards the back of the mouth. While the upper jaw appears to protrude forward.
- Class 3 – The patient’s lower first molar is positioned anterior, or closer to the front of the mouth. While the lower jaw protrudes forward, and is best described as an “under bite.”
While some patients may not have an over or under bite, they may suffer from varying degrees of crowding or spacing of the teeth. Another factor associated with a misaligned bite. Crowding is a condition that causes the teeth to overlap, rotate, grow into the incorrect position in the mouth, or in more extreme cases, even cause the tooth to become trapped in the jaw bone. Crowding may be caused because the dental arch is too small for the adult teeth, or the adult teeth are larger than normal. Crowding may also be caused by losing the primary or baby teeth early, or retaining them in the mouth longer than normal. These factors may inhibit the adult tooth, forcing it to erupt or grow into an incorrect position. Crowding makes it difficult to brush and floss the teeth correctly, possibly resulting in tooth decay or gingivitis over time. These are just some of the reasons why you may want to get your teeth straitened besides the obvious cosmetic benefits.
Other Benefits Besides Strait Teeth
Misaligned teeth may effect more than jus your smile. Check out some of these many non-cosmetic conditions that can be effected by your misaligned teeth:
- Speech impediments
- Jaw or TMJ pain
- Difficulty chewing and eating
- Sleep apnea caused by mouth breathing and snoring
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
- Gum disease and tooth decay
If you experience any of these conditions, then you will probably want to talk with your dentist about the possibility of getting braces. Not only will you most likely feel more confident from a better smile, but you will also greatly improve your long term oral health as well which will save you much pain in both your mouth, and wallet in the future.
Wondering if braces are right for you? Then contact us today and to schedule a consultation and find out what options may be available for you.