If you’re not happy with your smile, you might be considering braces or other orthodontics. But chances are that you’re also unsure of whether you really need braces and whether they’re worth the initial discomfort. So how do you know if you need braces?
You might need braces if…
…your teeth are crooked
Crooked teeth do add character, but not when they keep you from smiling. There are cosmetic reasons for straightening your teeth, as well as health reasons. Crooked teeth can cause food to get trapped between your teeth, which can lead to decay. Depending on the severity of the crookedness and the number of crooked teeth you have, braces might be the best option to straighten your teeth.
…your teeth overlap
If you have a tooth that is in front of another tooth, you might be a little self-conscious about it. But more than that, it could be a health concern. Just as crooked teeth can cause food to get trapped and cause tooth decay and cavities, overlapping teeth can, too.
…your teeth are crowded
Crooked and overlapping teeth are often caused by crowding of the teeth. Essentially, this means that there are too many teeth and not enough space in your mouth. Braces can help space your teeth out evenly so that they aren’t crowded.
…your dentist recommends it
Only your dentist can say for sure whether you’d be a good candidate for braces. It’s possible that your issue with your smile can be resolved with another solution or orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will work with you to help determine your best option or recommend a good orthodontist.
If your teeth are crowded, crooked, or overlapping you might need braces for health or cosmetic reasons. Not happy with your smile? Dr. Mogren can help! Schedule an appointment today.