Are you asking yourself whether you need braces or not? Every person wants a smile with perfectly aligned teeth, but not everyone is lucky enough to be born with them and that’s completely fine. Fortunately, there are a few methods to add the charm in your smile that you have always wanted. Braces are one of the most trusted method to realign your teeth’s positions.

At Orthodontic Experts of Colorado, “Do I need braces” is the most common phrase that our orthodontists listen almost every single day, and we thought it’s a good idea to answer this here with a few symptoms that can give you the hint if you really need braces.

The following symptoms can give you a rough idea of your teeth position.

Deep Overbite

An overbite is the most common type of abnormal teeth where your upper jaw overlaps your lower jaw. It is normal to have a slight overbite of just one or two millimeters, but in the case of deep overbite the overlap between upper and lower teeth is more prominent. A good way to recognize it by yourself, is to look in the mirror at your teeth while biting down. If it’s normal, you will be able to see a good proportion of your lower teeth but if majority of lower teeth are hidden you should consult your orthodontist.

deep overbite

Blocked Out or Crooked Teeth

If your teeth are too crowded or blocking each other and crooked teeth are affecting your physical appearance, it can be the sign that you need braces.  Crooked or block teeth can cause a number of health issues like, speech difficulties, periodontal disease, chewing and digestion problems, and in some case, it can be the reason of low self-esteem because of unhappiness with your physical appearance.

crooked teeth

Cross bite

A crossbite is when you bite down your upper and lower teeth on the sides of your mouth and they will not line up. Another way to identify crossbite is when you close your mouth and your upper teeth are not outside of your lower teeth like they normally would. Crossbite can cause multiple gum problems but braces can help to align the jaw or teeth to solve this problem.

cross bite

Diastema (Space Between Teeth):

Diastema refers to space or gap between teeth. In some cases, gaps are small and less noticeable while in others gaps are larger and more visible that can affect your physical appearance. If you are not happy with the way gap looks, you can reduce or close it by having braces. It is a common treatment for diastema. Braces are made from wires and brackets that put pressure on teeth and slowly move them together, which closes or reduce the gap between your teeth.

Open Bite

An open bite is a vertical space between front upper and lower teeth when you fully bite down. It’s a type of malocclusion which means, when jaws are closed teeth are not properly aligned. Open bite can occur due to thumb sucking, tongue thirsting, skeletal problem and Temporomandibular joint disorder.  Braces are the most suggested method for people with adult teeth to treat an open bite.

open bite

How to Get Braces?

Adult teeth replace our baby teeth and stick with us for life, but if you don’t not take care of them their dedication will be decreased with your increasing age. To give them reward and special care, it’s necessary to identify the problems they might have.

Now that you have an idea of whether you need braces, the next question you may have is “how you would get braces?”. This is easy! Simply schedule your free consultation at Orthodontic Experts of Colorado to clear any confusion by getting your answer to the following questions “Do I need Braces” to “How Can I Get Braces”.