Have you ever wondered if you need to get braces? There are several factors that you want to look at to decide if you need brackets. The first and simplest step you can take is to take a look in the mirror. Inspect your mouth from all angles. Pay close attention to your bottom teeth, people often never really look at them closely. If you notice that your teeth are gapped, crooked, or even crowded, then you might need braces. If you notice that you don’t have a great smile with perfectly aligned teeth, it would be best to see an orthodontist. It is ultimately the orthodontist that decides whether you require brackets or not.
Crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth are not the only signs that you might need treatment. Another important indicator that you should get braces is your bite. Bit your teeth in front of the mirror, and see if your upper and lower teeth make proper contact with one another. If you notice that that you have an under bite, over bite, or even some spacing when you bite, it might be possible that you do need to get brackets. These are serious issues because later on with time, they will cause health problems and pain. Sometimes brackets can easily fix and avoid these problems. Again, all the scenarios depend on the person and the cases are different from one person to another. Additionally, if your jaw clicks, makes sounds, or even locks, it’s a good sign that you should see an orthodontist about your bite.
When you bite, your teeth should make proper contact with one another. If your bottom teeth hit the roof of your mouth, if your teeth hit your cheeks when you bite, this isn’t natural. It’s a sign that you should get your mouth checked out. Some times these issues can be fixed easily with braces, while other times they might require more work. One thing is for sure, that is that by fixing any bite issues that you have, you will become a healthier person.
Another sign that you might need to fix your teeth is that you your baby teeth fell out earlier than they’re supposed to. The opposite also applies, if your adult teeth took much longer than usual to set in, seek an orthodontist for a consultation.
What To Do
So if you think that you might need braces, it’s pretty easy from hereon. Contact orthodontic clinics in your area and set up a few free consultation appointments. Then at the appointments your orthodontist will walk you through what the state of your teeth are. Then they will discuss with you how much this might cost and what would happen should you choose to proceed with treatment from their clinic. If you have a dentist appointment coming up, you can just ask your dentist if they think you need treatment. If they say you do, they can refer you to an orthodontist that they’ve worked with before.
It would be best of you get second and third opinions when it comes to your treatment. That’s why we strongly recommend you seek a few orthodontists for consultations. That way you can choose the orthodontist who you trust the most as well as compare prices. Also, be sure to ask your orthodontist what financing options they have at their clinic. The more you know about your treatment that more satisfied you can be with your decision.