Orthodontics can help correct patients with crooked teeth or misaligned jaws, but that’s not all it can help with. If you think you might need braces, keep reading!
Orthodontics is focused on correcting irregularities in the alignment of your teeth and jaws, such as misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, gapped teeth, and misalignment in the bite (like an overbite, crossbite, underbite, or open bite). Most patients understand that orthodontic treatment can improve the appearance of their smile; however, some patients do not know that straightening their teeth can also enhance their oral health and function. Correctly aligned teeth are typically at a lower risk for dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. The alignment also affects your smile’s function in speaking, chewing, and eating.
Braces aren’t only for pre-teens, they’re for people of all ages who want to work to correct their bites, straighten their teeth, and more. Do you wonder if you are a candidate for braces? If you show one of these five signs, you might be a good fit for braces.
An open bite, also known as an anterior open bite, is when the top and bottom teeth slant outwards and don’t touch when the mouth is shut. Healthline explains that an open bite is a type of malocclusion, which means the teeth don’t align properly when the jaw is closed. An open bite can be caused by a number of things, like: thumb sucking, the use of a pacifier as a child, tongue thrusting, TMJ, or even skeletal problems. Braces can help correct the position of your teeth so they better align when the jaw is closed.
If you have spaces between your teeth where you can see visible gaps, you can get that corrected with braces. Braces help shift the teeth together and align them. Gaps in teeth can cause chewing problems, bad breath, gum problems, and more.
An underbite, clinically known as prognathism, happens when the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth when the jaw is closed. It is a misalignment of the lower jaw, and is usually present at birth. An underbite can cause eating difficulties, difficulty speaking, TMJ pain, tooth decay, chronic mouth breathing, sleep apnea, and more. Braces can help shift the jaw and correct the underbite.
Overcrowded teeth are when there’s not enough room in the mouth for the permanent teeth to come in like they should. This misalignment means teeth will overlap one another. Braces, just like they can help pull teeth together, can alternatively work to create more room between the teeth if needed.
Like all the other bite problems we’ve discussed so far, braces can also help with an overbite. An overbite happens when the top teeth cover the bottom and they don’t align properly. An overbite can be beat by moving the teeth to a better position — which is what braces are used for!
We offer FASTBRACES® orthodontic treatments at Mountain Aire Dentistry. FASTBRACES® is a comprehensive orthodontics, just like traditional braces and not short-term cosmetic orthodontics. It is an alternative to conventional treatments and utilizes doctor-prescribed treatment plans to address “bad bites” or malocclusions, such as overbites, underbites, crowding/crooked teeth, spacing/gaps, open bite and crossbites — all of those problems mentioned above!
FASTBRACES® gives the same beautiful results in as little as 100 days. This technology cuts out the two-step process of traditional braces where you spend the first step pulling the crowns of the teeth into position and then the second step of moving the roots into place. FASTBRACES® does this all at the same time. The FASTBRACES® patented technology enables dentist providers to grow alveolar bone in order to straighten teeth quickly and avoid tooth extraction or sometimes even jaw surgery.
One of the key benefits to using FASTBRACES® for straightening teeth is that patients see a noticeable difference in their teeth within a matter of days and some could be out of the braces in about 100 days. Decreased reported pain is another reason behind the advantage of FASTBRACES® over other braces. In fact, the inventor never prescribed pain medication to his thousands of patients. Furthermore, the speedy alignment of FASTBRACES® assists dentists by making certain procedures less difficult, such as cleaning the crooked teeth, installing crowns, veneers or implants.
If you think you’re a good candidate for braces, or just want to learn more about FASTBRACES®, call our office today at (303)-731-7755. If you’re not sure FASTBRACES® is right for you, check out these before and after photos. We’ll see you soon!