Reasons Why You Would Need Braces

Orthodontic Appliances

Not many people can contest orthodontic treatment have a positive impact on a person’s health and well-being. Accordingly, orthodontics’ benefits involve more than cosmetic aspects. Let’s analyze together some reasons why you should wear braces.

The most crucial factors associated with orthodontic treatment relate to preventing painful and costly oral illnesses. In some cases, misalignments are the leading cause of bacteria accumulation on teeth and gums. Bacteria causes infections that, if not treated, spread into the bloodstream, causing irreparable damage to the body.

In addition to the statement mentioned above, orthodontic treatment is critical in alleviating severe jaw conditions causing jaw pain and headaches. Some of the benefits of orthodontic care include, among many others, that misaligned teeth exert excessive pressure over certain teeth during biting. An improper bite can cause teeth to fracture and eventually lose one or more denture pieces.

Proper biting improves gastrointestinal transit. Orthodontics is also crucial in treating certain cases of sleeping apnea. Not less important, preventive orthodontic treatment is less expensive than corrective treatment when fixing or replacing lost denture pieces.

Is Orthodontics a necessity? With all said, Orthodontics is indeed a necessity. Parallel to improvements in overall health and prevention of other conditions, orthodontic treatment enhances self-esteem and confidence. Nowadays, many people have found orthodontic treatment as a form to improve their jobs and social relations. This article discusses common orthodontic problems and options for orthodontic appliances.

Common Orthodontic Problems

Orthodontic conditions vary in the origin and severity of cases. Some cases refer to different types of jaw displacements and teeth misalignments. Some patients require surgical intervention and the use of permanent appliances.

Treatment for less complicated cases might include removable appliances and transparent alignment devices. We first talk about some of the most relevant orthodontic problems to address these issues.

Buck Teeth

Buck Teeth, in general, is commonly known as overbite, overjet, or protruding teeth. Buck Teeth cases differ in their causes and severity.

In some instances, Buck Teeth might cause complications to other teeth due to biting or excessive stress exertion. Damage caused by Buck Teeth might include accidentally biting the gums and tongue.

Buck Teeth might be the result of bad habits, such as caused by thumb or pacifier sucking passed the age of three, as the pressure from sucking causes teeth to erupt at an anomalous angle.

Tongue thrusting also causes Buck Teeth. Tonge thrusting is an abnormality caused by poor swallowing habits or swollen adenoids.

During sleep, adults tend to thrust their tongues due to stress.

Hereditary factors are also present as some people are born with this condition.


Overbite is a common condition that occurs when the lower front teeth bite near or into the palate.


Overjet is noticeable when the top front teeth protrude beyond the bottom.

Other Orthodontic Cases

Crowded Teeth

Crowding teeth is an abnormality that can be corrected with braces and is noticeable when teeth erupt misplaced.

Open Bite

Open bite is a condition where the upper and bottom front teeth don’t touch at biting.


Underbite occurs when the lower front teeth appear in front of the upper front teeth.

Excessive Tooth Spacing or Diastema

Spacing of teeth is a condition where there are noticeable spaces between teeth.

What Are the Most Used Orthodontic Appliances?

Traditional Metal Braces

Stainless steel braces are the most common and popular orthodontic treatment mechanism. Despite the passing of time, traditional metal braces still accompany us in getting beautiful smiles. It is also important to notice that traditional metal braces are less expensive than more sophisticated systems. 

Also, technological advancements have helped reinvent stainless steel braces, making them less painful. Most important, traditional metal braces keep reigning as the most effective in treating complex and severe orthodontic cases. Notwithstanding, the main disadvantage of conventional stainless steel braces is that they are the most unappealing for their noticeable nature.

There are also sophisticated options popular among teens and gaining space among adults. These options include tooth-colored (ceramic) and lingual braces. Lately, non-permanent devices such as Invisalign are gaining popularity across all ages.

Clear Ceramic Braces

Tooth-colored (ceramic) Braces mimic teeth color, making them less evident. Treatment with tooth-colored braces tends to be shorter than conventional braces.

Lingual Braces

An orthodontist will bond the brackets to the backside of a patient’s teeth. A significant drawback is that it makes practicing proper oral hygiene more complicated.


Invisalign is currently the most attractive treatment available. Invisalign clear aligners combine exhaustive research and development that is aesthetically appealing to the public by being entirely invisible. Invisalign’s advantages include being removable, making it easier to practice good oral hygiene.

Exhaustive research & development, and design have contributed to a product that provides quick results regarding traditional orthodontic appliances. However, we insist on the fact that conventional or stainless steel braces will remain accompanying us for a long time as many of the most severe orthodontics conditions require the use of conventional braces.

At Estes Orthodontics, we provide an informed recommendation on the most suitable orthodontic treatment available for you and your family. So make an appointment and start a journey to a beautiful smile.

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