Five Reasons You May Want To Get Braces
Braces are one of the most common dental treatments in the United States.
Most people who get braces will have them when they are teenagers, but it’s become increasingly common for adults to take steps to straighten their teeth as well.
New treatment options, like ClearCorrect, offer a more discreet way to change your smile. For many working adults, this is an important consideration.
If you visit our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI, you will have the option of traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, or clear aligners to create the smile that you want to see in the mirror each morning and evening.
5 Reasons To Consider Getting Braces
In a general sense, all the reasons we will list fall into one of two categories. Some changes will make your smile look nicer. Some will make your teeth easier to clean. And some change will do both.
1. To correct spacing issues
This can mean one of two things. You may have teeth that are crowded together or teeth that have gaps between them. From a cosmetic standpoint, creating equal spacing between your teeth will improve the appearance of your smile.
But fixing spacing issues can be good for your oral health as well. If your teeth are crowded, then you may not be able to floss between them. Even so, microscopic bacteria can get into those spaces. Fixing your spacing issue can allow you to clean between your teeth more effectively.
2. To straighten crooked teeth
When your teeth do not come in vertically, this can affect how well you can clean them, too. If some of your teeth overlap, then you may not be able to clean them as well as you should while brushing.
Again, improving the alignment of your teeth will improve your smile while making your daily brushing and flossing more effective.
3. To reduce wear and tear
You may hear dentists discuss bite issues from time to time. For our sake in today’s post, we are primarily referring to overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
In an overbite, your top row of teeth sticks out over you bottom row. In an underbite, this is reversed.
If you have a crossbite, your top and bottom rows overlap one another at different parts of your bite.
All of these situations can cause you to wear down the enamel of your teeth. This can expose the softer inner layers of your teeth and increase your risk of tooth sensitivity and infections.
4. To close an open bite
This is a bite issue, too, but it’s somewhat different from the three mentioned above. An open bite occurs when someone’s top and bottom rows of teeth do not touch one another even when that person closes his or her mouth.
5. To boost your confidence
If you don’t like the way your teeth look, it can hurt your self-confidence in personal, professional, and social situations. Having straight teeth can help you feel more comfortable with your smile.
Ways To Straighten Your Teeth
Whether you are a teenager studying for tests in the classroom or an adult preparing to yourself for the boardroom, a nice smile can help in your day-to-day life.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we can offer three different ways to give you teeth that are aligned and straight. Find the right one will depending on your preferences and on the severity of your situation.
Traditional metal braces
This may be the most tried-and-true method of straightening your teeth. Brackets and wires have been used to straighten teeth for as long as we can remember for a simple reason. They work on a wide range of problems.
Some people aren’t comfortable wearing metal braces for years at a time, and some people have metal allergies that could make metal braces complicated. Clear ceramic braces provide another option for you.
Ceramic braces will more closely match the color of your teeth. As a result, they are less distracting than metal braces. The good news is that ceramic braces can work comparatively well.
Clear Correct is a version of what has been called “invisible braces.” For people with mild to moderate alignment problems, this can be a more comfortable way to straight teeth.
Clear Correct wearers receive a series of specially make aligners, which are like small mouthguards, to wear in place of braces.