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When Do You Need Braces?

Published on Sep 05, 2015 and last reviewed on Jun 27, 2022   -  5 min read

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Are braces a fashion trend among teenagers? Read this article to learn about various scenarios when braces can be of help to you.

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When Do You Need Braces?

What Are Braces?

Braces’ is a term used in our common language to denote a fixed orthodontic appliance that is mainly used to correct problems with alignment and position of the teeth. Braces are used in a variety of cases, and their need is more usual than not needing them. It is estimated that only about 35 % of adults have normally aligned teeth.

Earlier, braces were used for treatment only at a young age and were customary among teenagers. However, in the last few years, a lot of development and research in dentistry and the biomedical field have led to the making of improved and advanced oral appliances, including braces and their adjunct materials. In addition, there has also been an increased awareness of better esthetics which backed the idea of having braces for adults too. So, now braces are being used by adults also.

When Do You Need Braces?

Braces not only help in rendering a good smile, but they also provide improved functions of the jaw and mouth. There are a lot of conditions that require treatment with braces. Some of them are as follows:

If crowding is not treated, it can lead to gum disease over time, bacterial problems in the mouth, tooth decay, and damage to the temporomandibular joints. This malocclusion type can usually be treated by expansion without leading to extraction.

This condition can result in jaw pain due to strained muscles and can make eating difficult. Overbite patients are also more prone to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Overbites can also cause the wearing of the teeth.

Conclusion:

When you doubt whether you need braces or not, or when somebody tells you that you need them, do not wait for opinions from others; just schedule an appointment with an orthodontist to discuss it. An orthodontist is the best person to assess your case and provide you with the best possible treatment options.

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