Do I Really Need Braces?

How to Determine if You Need Braces

Orthodontic treatment is about much more than just a pretty smile – it can also positively impact your oral health. That is why so many people turn to orthodontics. While a goal of treatment is a beautiful smile, it is far from the only thing we focus on. A straight smile can lead to a healthier smile. This is because crooked, crowded and misaligned teeth are harder to keep clean. This can lead to decay, cavities and gum disease.

When teeth are improperly aligned, it can be more difficult to adequately brush and floss. If decay and gum disease set in, it can ruin your smile. In addition, gum disease is linked to other serious health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes and an increased risk of stroke.

Do I really need braces

Not only that, when your bite is misaligned, your teeth are at an increased risk of chipping, cracking and breaking. Improper wear from a poorly aligned bite can lead to the need for restorations (fillings or crowns), which can get expensive over time.

Orthodontic treatment can prevent more serious issues from arising later in life. But orthodontics can also transform the lives of patients. Smiles play an important role in our lives, and if you spend your entire life hiding one you aren’t proud of, it can impact your self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment helps patients confidently greet the world around them.

Today’s braces are more effective and efficient than ever before. That means patients can have the smiles of their dreams in a shorter time, and with increased comfort. Patients can choose from a variety of treatment options, including standard braces, gold or clear braces or Clear aligner therapy such as Invisalign.

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. If needed, early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.

Dr. Estes and her team are committed to ensuring each patient and their families receive excellent care using state-of-the-art treatment options.