We’d all like to have perfectly straight teeth. The thing that many are unaware of is … a straight smile is not only nice to look at, but is ultimately better for you. That’s why treating bite problems is so important.
There are a variety of conditions that require orthodontic procedures to correct them. These include:
- crowded teeth;
- crooked teeth;
- too much space between teeth;
- overbite, underbite, and overjet;
- and openbite.
Orthodontic issues can be caused by heredity – which can’t be avoided – and also by bad habits, such as thumbsucking or tongue thrusting – which can be corrected before damage is done.
You see, when you have a bite issue, not only does it affect your appearance – and thus your self esteem – but can also create other problems. You will likely find that teeth can be harder to clean properly leading to cavities and periodontal (gum) issues. Also, it may be hard to chew, teeth are more likely to get chipped or broken, it’s hard on your jaw joints and muscles, and misalignment can cause grinding or clenching of the teeth – all of which can mean costly restorations down the road.
Although there are ortho treatments available for all ages, children should be assessed before the age of seven to determine any bite issues that need early correction.
You can have a straight – and healthy – smile. Ask us how.