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Many people have crooked teeth that might require braces. However, how do you know when you absolutely need braces? And if you need them, how can you embark on orthodontic treatment without a mouth full of metal or plastic aligners? There are many reasons why lingual braces may benefit you. First, here are the 5 most common reasons to seek braces to correct an orthodontic issue.
Crowding of the Teeth
Even if your dentist has told you in the past that you have “perfect teeth” because you’ve never had a cavity, if there is an issue of crowding, you can feel less than perfect, to say the least. Crowded teeth can appear unsightly but pose additional problems to your health. If your teeth are crowded, food particles can get stuck between your teeth more easily, leading to the development of harmful bacteria.
Bacteria stuck between the teeth and under the gumline can result in periodontal disease which can eventually lead to the loss of bone and tooth loss. One way to correct the problem of crowding is with lingual braces, called “invisible” braces because they are placed on the backside of the teeth. Lingual braces are invisible to those around you and they work just like traditional braces by gradually moving the teeth into proper position. They may even give you a faster treatment time!
Gaps Between Teeth
Another sign you need braces is if you have gaps between your teeth. Gaps usually indicate that your upper and lower teeth aren’t fitting properly together. This problem could quite simply be caused by the natural process of aging, genetics or other issues. Lingual braces can help to bring the teeth together and close the gaps, thus giving you a more beautiful smile and decreasing your risk for other dental problems.
If the way your upper and lower teeth meet create an incorrect bite or grinding of the teeth, this is a big indication that you need braces. If your teeth do not fit together properly, slow but steady premature wear of your teeth can result. Lingual braces can correct these bite issues. Without treatment, you could suffer not only from abnormal wear of your teeth that can lead to cracks in your teeth and eventual tooth loss, but you could also experience TMJ syndrome and chronic headaches. Though rare, your speech can even be adversely affected as a result of bite problems as well.
If you are regularly experiencing jaw discomfort or pain, it’s a sign that you may have a medical problem known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). You may experience popping or clicking of the jaw whenever you open your mouth widely enough, such as when eating. This can cause pain because it means the hinge in your jaw has been misaligned. If you believe you are suffering from this condition, an orthodontist can examine you to determine whether you may benefit from Lingual braces.
If you suffer from any of these issues, you may want to consider getting fitted for lingual braces. There are many different types of lingual braces like Harmony, Incognito and Suresmile. In the hands of a skilled lingual orthodontist, all of these brands will offer you the most discreet, highest quality cosmetic orthodontic treatment no matter how complex your case may be. Visiting an experienced ELOS member orthodontist can help you to achieve perfect teeth that can make you feel and look better without showing a mouth full of metal.
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