Dr. Chelian Orthodontics

5 Signs That You Might Need Braces

Posted on December 7, 2022

Lots of people need braces, from high school students to adults of all ages. According to Humana, more than 1 million adults wear braces. If you’re not sure if you need braces, here are five signs you should look out for.

1. Crossbite

A crossbite is when your top teeth don’t line up with your bottom teeth. If you smile and look at the way your teeth line up, the center of your top teeth should align with the center of your bottom teeth. If your teeth don’t align, you might want to consider braces treatment options.

2. Crowding

Some people have their teeth grow straight from the beginning, but that’s not the case for a lot of people. If your teeth are crowded together and starting to make each other crooked or overlap each other, that’s a sign that you need braces to get things straightened out.

3. Difficulty Eating

When your teeth are properly aligned, they’re designed to make it easy for you to eat various foods. Crowded teeth, bite problems, and jaw misalignment can make it difficult to eat, which is a sign that it’s time to visit an orthodontist. If you’re having trouble eating and it’s affecting your quality of life, ask an orthodontist about braces treatment options for your situation.

4. Overbites & Underbites

Neither row of teeth should stick out past the other. If your bottom front teeth and top front teeth don’t meet properly, you have an overbite or an underbite. This isn’t just a cosmetic issue, it’s a dental problem that can make it difficult to eat, breathe, and more.

5. Jaw Problems

If you experience pain while chewing or frequent headaches with pain near the jaw, you might have jaw problems that a braces treatment could fix. While frequent headaches and pain while chewing can be symptoms of other conditions, you should schedule an appointment with a dentist or orthodontist if you’re experiencing these issues.

Taking care of your teeth is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Beyond brushing and flossing, keeping your teeth properly aligned can help prevent dental issues that can cost you money and cause you pain down the road. If you think you or your child might need braces, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chelian today.


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