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My Bottom and Top Teeth Are Not Aligned, Can Braces Help Align My Jaws? 

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If you are unhappy with your smile, you are not alone. Fully 80 percent of teens and an estimated 25 percent of adults are currently seeking the help of orthodontic professionals to achieve a straighter, whiter smile. Most parents are now advised to schedule their child’s first orthodontic visit as early as age seven, especially if there is a family history of not aligned teeth or adult bottom and top teeth that grow in with improper spacing.  

To alleviate your suspense, the answer to the question posed in the title to this article is a definitive YES. Absolutely, braces can help to correct issues of tooth spacing, alignment, bite, jaw pain, and other oral health issues. Read on to learn more about how this process works. 

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What Is the Best Age for Your Child to Get Orthodontic Braces?

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Braces seem to be rites of passage for kids and teenagers as they develop into young adults. As soon as the child begins dentist appointments after the age of one year, professionals will advise you if your child will require braces in the near future. Because every child develops at a different rate, there’s no exact age that requires orthodontic treatment. The best age for your child to receive braces is based on several factors. Explore the world of orthodontia, and how braces can fit into your child’s world. They’ll have glorious smiles that shine through the years as a result.

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Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces?

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LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 29, 2017

When people think about braces and the reasons to get them, the first thought that comes to mind is aesthetics. Sure, having a nice looking smile can boost someone’s self-esteem, and that benefit alone can have an impact on a person’s life. However, there are numerous other benefits, not cosmetic in nature that comes from wearing braces.

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How Do Braces Work?

Metal, plastic and ceramic are common materials used to make braces. In most situations, they are permanent, but some people can receive braces that are removable. Braces work by exerting a little bit of pressure in a specific direction. This action gradually moves the teeth into their correct position. The amount of pressure that is exerted on the teeth also reshapes the jawline. The bone dissolves and new bone growth supports the teeth in their new place. Braces are ideal for both children and adults. The duration of treatment usually lasts between 18 to 24 months.

What Are the Signs That Braces Are Needed?

Deciding whether braces are necessary is up to the parents or patient. While some people may go throughout their lives without braces, there are some instances that warrant a consultation with an orthodontist. Again, braces are not only about having a great looking smile. In certain situations, using braces to align teeth is necessary. Orthodontic treatment is necessary for the following situations:

  • Problems chewing
  • Center of upper and lower teeth are out of alignment
  • Teeth show signs of excessive wear
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Overlapped or crowded teeth

These are just a few of the signs that corrective treatment is necessary. A consultation with the orthodontist at Fredericksburg Orthodontics can help to determine a course of action.

What are the Benefits of Braces?

Teeth alignment issues do not only affect a person’s appearance; they can also affect a person’s health. Most people do not fully realize the impact that unaligned teeth can have on functions like eating and speaking. Here are some of the lesser-known benefits of braces.

Does Wearing Braces Improve Chewing?

Teeth and jaws that are out of alignment may make it difficult to bite and chew food. In most situations, these problems do not improve themselves over time. Years of experiencing difficulty in chewing can cause the teeth to wear out quickly. As the problem persists, the muscles of the jaw may start to weaken. The weakening of the jaw leads to painful chewing.

Does Wearing Braces Help to Improve Digestion?

Lacking the ability to chew properly can also have detrimental effects on the digestive system and intake of the right amount of nutrients. The teeth play an instrumental role in digestion. The digestion process begins when the teeth start to grind the food. Misaligned teeth cannot break down food properly. When food is not properly broken down, it takes longer for the food to pass through the digestive system. Painful chewing may cause people to avoid certain foods, decreasing a number of nutrients they receive.

Can Wearing Braces Help to Fix Speech Difficulties?

Speech difficulties are a problem faced by many. However, speech therapy may not be the most effective course of corrective treatment. The way teeth can affect the body and how it functions is often underestimated. Teeth that are out of alignment can affect the placement of the tip of the tongue. Tongue placement affects the proper formation of sounds like ‘t’,’n’ and ‘d’ sounds. Usually, braces can correct this type of speech issue. A consultation with an orthodontist can identify how severe the issue is and devise an effective solution.

Can Wearing Braces Show Improvements in Overall Oral Health?

Brushing and flossing should be a regular part of daily hygiene. Having good hygiene habits is harder to do when the teeth are crooked, crowded or overlap. These conditions create an environment where plaque can build up and bacteria thrive. When plaque and bacteria are in the mouth it creates conditions like:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis

Luckily, these dental ailments and diseases are preventable. Braces can put teeth in the correct positions, alleviating overcrowding and crooked teeth. Doing this will make dental hygiene easier and help to avoid unhealthy teeth and gums.

Can Wearing Braces Decrease the Risk of Dental Injury?

Protruding teeth is a problem many people face. Protruding front teeth are dangerous for people who participate in sports activities. The positioning of the teeth makes them more susceptible to trauma. People that have protruding teeth are more prone to breaking or chipping their teeth. An orthodontist can help to decrease the chances of a dental injury with braces.

Can Wearing Braces Help to Prevent Bone Erosion?

Tartar and plaque between the teeth and along the gum line can destroy the bone underneath the teeth. These can lead to gum swelling, bleeding gums and loose teeth. When teeth fall out, the gums can erode. The same thing can occur when there are gaps or spacing between the teeth. Too much pressure on the jawbone because of tooth misalignment can result in the same level of bone erosion.

Can Wearing Braces Fix Jaw Discrepancies?

Jaw issues and misaligned teeth can go hand-in-hand. Crooked and misaligned teeth have an effect on jaw muscles and joints. In order to compensate for the bad positioning, the joints adapt. This adaptation means that the jaws are in a position that can cause damage. The effects of improper jaw alignment include:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw popping
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Sleep disorders

Most people who wear braces need to have them for around two years. They may seem inconvenient; the extra care required is worth the effort. Yes, braces straighten teeth. However, there are many other benefits from wearing braces that include improving a person’s bite and dental hygiene routine. If you notice your child complaining about pain when they chew or have a noticeable speech impediment, it may be time to consider braces.

How to Get Your Best Smile

While a smile is the best thing you can wear, some people find themselves self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. If crooked or misshapen teeth make you want to hide your smile, our team of orthodontists in Stafford is here to help! We know just what it takes to bring out the beautiful smile in anyone, and will work to do whatever is necessary to give you a grin you’ll be proud to show! Contact us today and let us get you started on the road to a beautiful smile.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces?

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Orthodontic problems, if not early addressed can pose a great danger to a person’s oral health. It comes highly recommended that one does regular check-ups to determine whether there are any impending problems, especially in children. If through consultations with your doctor, you realize that you or your child are experiencing signs that braces are necessary, then it is time to pay a visit to your orthodontist for a solution.

How to know if braces are needed is something that has eluded many. Should you be wondering what the signs are, below are a few that will help you go and get your beautiful smile back.

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Gum recession occurs when a margin of tissue wears away from a tooth and exposes its root. Receding gum line could be an early sign of gum disease. When a gum line recedes, gaps form near the gum line and teeth. The gaps make it easier for bacteria to build up. The bone structure and supporting tissues will cause major damage if the receding gum line is left untreated. As a result, the tooth may need to be removed.

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Your dental care will not end when you finally remove your braces. Retainers are essential for the stabilization of your new teeth arrangement. Braces force teeth to move back into the mouth, and this involves the absorption of bones in the back of the oral cavity. To keep your great appearance, you will have to use retainers for a period that is stipulated by your doctor. In many cases, patients have to use these products for the rest of their lives. Depending on some factors, the period can even be as short as three months. Retainers are worn only part of the time, usually three to five times a week for those using them in their entire lifetimes.

These products are usually designed to serve you for between 3 to 10 years. Taking care of dental retainers will make them last for that entire period without causing dental conditions on you. Taking care of dental retainers can be done by:

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What Makes Invisalign Unique among Others? 

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Once upon a time, those who dreamed of having their teeth straightened by an orthodontist had no choice but to undergo a straightening process using metal braces. Although metal braces straighten teeth properly, they aren’t exactly known for being visually discreet. Many adult patients especially do not want to spend up to three years wearing metal braces in order to achieve the straight teeth that they desire.

Thankfully, today’s orthodontists offer an alternative to traditional metal braces that is becoming increasingly popular among orthodontic patients. Invisalign treatment is an extremely innovative method for straightening teeth that use advanced computer technology to deliver results without the obvious appearance of metal braces.

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How Often Should I Brush my Teeth with Braces?

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LAST UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2017

Braces could help you achieve that dream of having straight teeth and a great smile, but you will need to continue brushing and flossing your teeth in order to keep your mouth healthy. This orthodontic treatment works best when

you practice proper oral hygiene. It may take a little more effort than you are used to, but all good things require extra work. The end results will be well worth it. Once the braces come off, you will begin to notice that beautiful, healthy smile.

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What is plaque?

Plaque is not a myth; it is a problem that no one wants! Each day, plaque will find its way into your mouth, but with thorough cleanings throughout the day, you can remove it. Removing the plaque is even more important when you have braces because the wires give the plaque more places to hide within the mouth. The saliva, food, and bacteria make up the plaque that will hide itself within the brackets of your braces, and if it is not removed, it can cause various dental issues, such as:

  • Cavities
  • Bad Breath
  • Swollen Gums
  • Teeth Staining

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Are Traditional Braces Cheaper Than Invisalign? 

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When thinking of braces for yourself or your child, the cost is certainly one of the main considerations. The actual cost varies with some factors like the length of the treatment and the orthodontic problems that must be corrected. Different systems can also affect the cost. Here’s some information that would probably help you decide between traditional braces, which are cheaper, or with Invisalign.

Comparing Braces and Invisalign

Traditional braces are made from ceramic or metal brackets that are connected by wires. They remain in place throughout the treatment. “Real” braces require careful attention to oral hygiene. Some foods are also off limit as it could break a wire or bracket. The Invisalign system, on the other hand, is consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. The aligners are removable for oral hygiene, meals, and special occasions like the senior prom or wedding. Standard metal braces are advantageous when used to correct pretty much any orthodontic problem, while Invisalign won’t be effective severe malocclusion or if your teeth are shorter than the average.

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Do you want one of those smiles that linger in memory forever? You may forget what someone looks like, but you can easily recall that very special smile. If yours is less than perfect, we can help. No matter if you have problems like an overbite or missing teeth, orthodontic treatment can give you a brand new look that will make you want to always smile to show your beautiful, problem-free teeth.

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