Straight and evenly spaced teeth are easier to clean, which leads to better oral hygiene. Crooked and crowded teeth can be hard to clean thoroughly. Inability to access areas where teeth are crowded can contribute to gum disease, tooth decay and eventually loss.
Additionally, straight teeth and proper bite function allows people to chew food better, which could help with digestion.
Ensuring proper bite function and tooth alignment may reduce stress and strain on your supporting bone and tissue and therefore reduce headaches. What may be minor orthodontic issues now may worsen, contributing to the wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing, inefficient brushing and misalignment of jaw joints.
If you have one or more of the following problems, you may need braces.
Crowding of the Teeth
Too many teeth in too little a space
Missing Teeth / Gaps
Too few teeth in a space leaving gaps between the teeth
Front teeth do not touch. A malocclusion in which the teeth do not close or come together in the front of your mouth.
Lower front teeth inside of upper teeth. A malocclusion where some of your upper teeth close down behind your lower teeth when you bite down.
Front teeth protrude. A vertical overlapping of the upper teeth over the lower teeth.
Upper front teeth bite into the palate. A malocclusion where the upper teeth cover the lower teeth entirely or almost entirely when biting down.
After your initial consultation, the next step is to scan your teeth. Scanning only take few minutes and can usually done immediately following your initial consultation should you wish. With the scan we can create a digital image of your teeth or to fabricate the set-up of your custom braces.