The branch of dentistry that focuses on treating irregularities of the jaw and teeth such as alignment and malocclusion (improper bite caused by teeth being improperly positioned in a closed mouth) is more commonly known as “orthodontics.” In these cases, the most common form of treatment is braces.
Problems that can arise
When teeth are crooked or improperly positioned, it can lead to more serious issues such as:
- additional stress on the muscles responsible for chewing foods can lead to headaches; pain in the back, neck, and shoulders; and TMJ syndrome
- being difficult to clean
- detracting from your appearance
- increased risk of early tooth loss resulting from decay and/or gum (periodontal) disease
When you undergo orthodontic treatment, you will benefit in a number of different ways such as having a nicer appearance, better oral health, and teeth that could possibly last for the rest of your life.
Signs indicating the Need for Orthodontic Treatment
Even though you may feel like braces or other orthodontic treatment is in order, your dentist or orthodontist here at Sidhu Family Dentistry can most likely determine whether or not this is the case. We take certain diagnostic factors into consideration in order to determine the need for these different dental appliances. This includes:
- a clinical exam
- plaster teeth impressions
- special photographs and x-rays
- your full dental and medical health history
At this point, the dentist or orthodontist will be able to determine if braces should be the recommended course of action and will develop the appropriate treatment plan for you. Plus, if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, you might be a candidate for braces or other type of orthodontic treatment:
- “Buck teeth” or overbite – upper front teeth protrude beyond the lower front teeth
- “Bulldog teeth” or underbite – lower front teeth protrude beyond the upper front teeth
- “Crowded mouth” or crowding – the presence of too many teeth (dental ridge cannot fit or accommodate some teeth)
- Crossbite – upper front teeth should normally sit slightly forward of the lower front teeth; when they don’t you have a crossbite issue
- Misplace midline – improper alignment between the centers of your lower and upper teeth
- Open bite – when the back teeth are biting together, there is a noticeable spacing between the side and/or the front teeth
- Spacing – teeth have gaps or spaces in between them as a result of teeth not “filling” your mouth or teeth that are missing
Should you notice any of the above signs or symptoms, we urge you to contact Sidhu Family Dentistry today and schedule an appointment for examination.