Taking care of your teeth has become more important nowadays. Regular dental check-ups, dental procedures and cosmetic treatments are a lot more common. Not everyone has been gifted with straight teeth, so you can consider braces for cosmetic reasons or to address medical issues. However, many of you may think , do you really need braces? Learn what you should be looking for to get braces:

Are your teeth too far apart?

Having teeth that are too close together or too far apart can be a problem. Having small teeth, missing teeth or large gaps in between your teeth can make it difficult for you to bite. These issues can also impair your jaw. Braces can address common issues such as spacing.

Are you teeth crooked or too close together?

The presence of crowded or crooked teeth are known as a malocclusion. Some signs that you should look out for include teeth sitting sideways., overlapping teeth, significantly protruding teeth. Braces can be used to address crowded-teeth. To check if your teeth are crowded, you can use dental floss. If it is difficult to slide between your teeth then they are crowded.

Is your bite misaligned?

If there is misalignment of your bite there is a higher chance of having decaying food particles and plaque building up on and in between your teeth. Presence of plaque and decaying food can lead to tooth loss,  dental abscesses, periodontal disease and gingivitis. There can be difficulty in chewing, gastrointestinal discomfort and sore jaws if your bites are misaligned. It can also cause your jaw muscles to become strained and tighten, which can cause frequent headaches. Over biting excessively can damage gum tissue on the roof of your mouth.

What are the symptoms of dental issues?

There are some common symptoms that can help you determine whether you may need braces. These include:

  • Is food getting stuck in your teeth?
  • Does your breath smell?
  • Hear yourself speak. Do you have a lisp?
  • Are you getting frequent jaw pain?

If you have any of these issues start considering if you need braces. Many people get braces to make their teeth look better, which adds to their aesthetics. However, if you are considering common medical conditions to get braces, these include bite misalignment and malocclusion.

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