How to Tell If You Need Braces
Posted on 8/30/2019 by Dr. Seth Senestraro
|If you suffer from a misaligned bite or crooked teeth, there are a variety of orthodontic services available to help improve the appearance of your smile.
Whether you're considering braces or aligners to help improve the form and function of your smile, our team at Senestraro Family Orthodontics can help.
To determine the right treatment plan for your individual needs, Dr. Senestraro offers a free orthodontic consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Senestraro will ask questions about your current health, conduct a comprehensive exam of your oral health, take impressions of your teeth and photos of your teeth and face, before finally taking a full set of X-rays of your head and mouth. Based on the information gathered during your consultation, Dr. Senestraro will then develop an appropriate treatment plan designed to meet your individual needs.
How to Tell if You Need Braces?
Do you cover your mouth whenever you smile because you're embarrassed? Do you have trouble properly brushing and flossing because your teeth overlap or are too crowded to floss between? Do you have trouble eating due to a misaligned bite or experience discomfort because of poor jaw alignment?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions than odds are you probably need to undergo orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment offers a variety of long-term health advantages. In addition to helping improve the appearance of your smile and boost self-esteem, treatment also allows Dr. Senestraro to correct any bite or jaw problems that could cause serious oral health issues.
Teeth that are crowded, crooked, or misaligned are harder to clean, which increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned bites place excessive strain on your teeth, increasing the risk of them breaking, cracking, or chipping. Poor bite alignment places excessive stress on the jaw joint, which increases your risk of developing TMJ, a painful disorder that impact your ability to eat, drink, or talk.
Don't underestimate the importance of a straighter smile. If can offer dramatic health improvements that can last a lifetime.
What Types of Braces Are Available?
If braces are the right solution for your orthodontic needs, then Dr. Senestraro will discuss which option best fits with your treatment plan. For many patients, traditional metal braces will help to improve the look and function of their smile quickly and affordably. For patients that want to undergo their treatment discreetly, ceramic braces work and function like traditional metal braces, but are made from a material designed to match the natural color of your teeth.
For patients in need of only minor corrections, Invisalign offers all of the advantages of traditional orthodontic treatment with none of the inconvenience. Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Unlike traditional braces that use brackets and wires that remain fixed to your teeth during treatment, Invisalign aligners are easily removed while eating, brushing, and flossing.
Whatever your needs and preferred treatment method, if you require orthodontic services, our team at Senestraro Family Orthodontics have you covered.