If you have crooked teeth and/or an irregular bite, there is a wide array of treatments options that can help straighten teeth.
Two of the best options are braces and retainers.
If you receive these orthodontic treatments, your dentist or orthodontist will first ask questions about your health, conduct a clinical examination, take impressions of your teeth, photos of your face and teeth, and X-rays of the mouth and head.
A personalised treatment plan is drawn up based on the analysis of the gathered information.
There are times when a removable retainer will be the only thing needed.
In rare cases, when there is an extreme irregular bite, orthodontic surgery may be required.
In most cases, however, traditional braces will be called for.
Dental braces offer corrective treatment for:
- Overcrowded or crooked teeth
- Too much gap between teeth
- Extreme overbite or overjet
- Extreme underbite
- Jaw misalignment
Advantages of Dental Braces
Corrects Bad Bites
Bad bites can cause problems with eating if your teeth don’t fit together. Luckily, braces help to realign the upper and lower parts of your mouth.
Prevent Gum Diseases
Periodontal diseases can result from not taking good care of your teeth and gums. With misaligned teeth, it is easier for food to become stuck between teeth.
Prevent Tooth Decay and Cavities
Tooth decay is one of the most common problems caused by not cleaning your teeth properly.
If spotted early, cavities are easy to treat. If you leave them alone to grow, however, they will need more advanced treatment, which can get expensive.
Braces arrange your teeth properly so you can clean your mouth better. Reaching between small spaces between your teeth is essential to their health and durability.
Help with Digestion
If your teeth are misaligned, your mouth can’t chew food into small bits. Your stomach has an effortless time digesting small bits of food, but not large chunks of it.
No one wants to have damaged teeth, and protruding upper teeth are especially at risk of accidents. Since dental braces specialise in straightening teeth, they help to avoid injury from these kinds of accidents.
Prevent Bone Erosion
Bone loss is an issue related to misaligned teeth that occurs when bacteria starts wearing away bones. Dental braces help realign the teeth to prevent this from happening.
Boost your Self-Esteem
Dental braces can play an important role in boosting your confidence.
One of the best things about having braces is how much they can raise self-esteem by improving facial appearance. Over time, braces help to create a great smile.
Help with Facial Proportions
Some of us are unlucky to be born with misaligned teeth and bite. Braces help move your teeth and jaw into a better position, making your lips and jaw more proportionate to your face.
Who knew that misaligned teeth influence the way we speak words? Misaligned teeth and jaw make it harder to enunciate distinct sounds.
Similar to the well-being and aesthetic improvements that can come with braces, having straightened teeth dramatically improves the way you pronounce words.
Is there anything braces can’t do?
Dental Braces at Smiles Nambour
Having crooked or misaligned teeth is often unpleasant.
Imagine speaking but having others focus on your teeth, eating but the food gets stuck between your teeth, or holding back your smile when you are happy.
HCF’s More for Teeth Program
HCF’s More for Teeth Program is here to help you maintain great oral health. Available to all HCF members with Extras cover, it includes two fully covered check-ups and cleans each year.
We are located at 4/104 Currie Street in Nambour.