10 Popular Orthodontic Problems Commonly Fixed By Braces
10 Popular Orthodontic Problems Commonly Fixed By Braces

For those who need a healthier smile, including children and adults, there is a solution in braces which makes it a well-known treatment option. From improving your smile to straightening your teeth, the perks of using braces are much, but to avoid technical-related problems, there is a need to have a professional as your private dentist for adult braces in London.

Fast facts about a perfect smile:

  • Lower chances of tooth injury come with a healthy smile
  • Zero chewing problems
  • Keeps unusual wearing down of teeth at bay

Right before clear aligner systems including Invisalign came on board, metal braces or traditional braces have been in use and are still used till date.

Sometimes, people don't want to talk about braces, but they're not bad at all. Besides, if your case has made your dentist refer you to an orthodontist, knowing what braces can fix; especially the common ones are important.

An overall assessment of your smile, including your jaw size, teeth position, and other nitty-gritty will be performed by your orthodontist, to help them select a suitable orthodontic solution.

Just before we begin to examine the issue that braces can solve, you should have an understanding of the workings of braces and what the procedure involves.

So, what do braces do?

The primary gain amidst other benefits in orthodontics is that your smile can be improved. Teeth that are wrongly positioned may not allow a coordinated bite when the upper and lower jaws meet; in fact, they will not align properly in the first place. This brought about dental problems when you talk, chew, and sleep at night. Are you a sports man or woman? Do you know that many of the teeth problems that can be corrected by braces can cause injury during sports? Again, regular and unusual wearing of the tooth can lead to injury.

A steady force that shifts your teeth into alignment gradually is supplied by braces. Regular braces are designed witharchwires and brackets. Using high-end modern technology, an orthodontist can correctly install brackets and make adjustments to archwires to achieve a precise result in little time. There may be a need to add rubber bands or other devices in some patients' treatment with braces. This depends on their case, but the aim is to give them a better smile.

Now that you know how braces work, let's look at the problems it can solve:

  • Unsymmetrical jaw

This form of malocclusion is what happens when the top and bottom teeth don't meet head to tail. With an unsymmetrical jaw, you cannot have a normal bite. Since that's not possible, your bite becomes abnormal, which causes wearing of the enamel. In this case, the enamel becomes thinner, and the surfaces begin to chip. But the good news is that braces can shift your top jaw either to the back or front to align your teeth. Should the case be very serious, your orthodontist may recommend a jaw surgery to help your smile.

  • Overcrowding

Too many teeth that have got less space on a dental bridge is referred to as overcrowded. If you have seen someone with overcrowded teeth, you will agree that the sight is not pleasant. Your orthodontist will fix overcrowding by taking out a few teeth, and then use braces to shift the remaining into alignment. You cannot brush and floss overcrowded teeth easily because there is no space in between the teeth.

In fact, this dental problem allows more food particles to get stuck in the tight spaces between teeth; activating the growth of bacteria behind and in front of your teeth, particularly where the gums are located. From here, if not checked, tartar and plaque may form, and gum disease becomes the result. You won't want to have issues with your gum; the effects are not easy to handle at all.

  • Crooked teeth

Just like anything that is placed in a tight space, overcrowded teeth will cause some teeth to twist and deform, leading to crooked teeth. After attaching brackets to each tooth, the orthodontist will install the archwires which will gradually bend the teeth into position throughout treatment.  People experiencing crooked teeth may also have problems with their gum. However, provided your teeth and gum are strong, braces can correct crooked teeth at any age.

  • Diastema

This refers to gappy teeth or when there is too much space in between the teeth. One of the most common reasons behind the need for braces is diastema. Some factors cause gaps in teeth: jaw size, improper growth of teeth, and swallowing reflexes that are not normal. Gaps in between the front two teeth are very common and are as a result of excessive growth of the gum tissue that separates them. Braces can fix this teeth condition. Your orthodontist can use braces to shift your teeth and cover up the spaces.

  • Overbite

Having top teeth that hang over the bottom teeth further than normal is termed an overbite. It is in this condition that braces find a common application. They can easily push the upper teeth backwards to align with those at the bottom. Alongside braces, rubber bands may be used to increase the pressure applied in shifting the top teeth. Other bite issues may require the use of rubber bands too.

  • Underbite

A malocclusion that is quite similar to an overbite. Here, the bottom teeth protrude further than the top teeth, or the upper teeth are seen seating backwards from the lower teeth. In treating underbite, braces can either shift your top or bottom teeth or both. When the case is severe, an orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) together with braces may be proposed by your orthodontist to treat the issue. It is quite unsettling to have an underbite; same applies to any case of malocclusion anyway. But braces are effective in treating this kind of case.

  • Crossbite

For you to have a crossbite means that some of the teeth on your upper jaw do not meet with the lower teeth in a bite. There are risks associated with a crossbite. It can make the gums to recede, lead to tooth fractures, bring about teeth sensitivity and chipping, abnormal wearing down of the enamel, and cause the jaws in children not to develop normally.

Regardless of the type of features of your crossbite, it can make you uncomfortable and cause a number of issues like loose teeth, and pain in the jaw. Again, when your teeth do not harmonise ina bite, it can contort the muscles on your face, which could lead to headaches, pain in the neck, and strains. People with crossbite may have low self-esteem sometimes. Usually, braces are used to correct a crossbite. By positioning the brackets and wires to exert enough force to move misaligned teeth into the correct position, your orthodontist can treat crossbite.

  • Open bite

In this case, the front top and bottom teeth protrude forward such that they don't meet in a bite. Lisping is caused by an open bite. Other problems with this malocclusion are speaking difficulties and problems with biting. A primary cause of open bite is too much thumb sucking and overuse of dummies. Cases of an open bite are corrected with braces when the top and bottom teeth are properly aligned.

  • Excess overjet

A horizontal overlap between the central incisors on the upper jaw and the central incisors of the lower jaw is described as an excess overjet. This condition may resemble an overbite, but they are not the same. People with overjet have what is commonly called buck teeth (the front teeth extends forward).

  • TMJ

This is an acronym for the malocclusion Temporomandibular Disorder. What happens here is that the temporomandibular joint that links the jaw to the skull is impacted. Sometimes where there is no alignment between the top and bottom teeth at the point where the teeth meet may put pressure on the temporomandibular joint. Braces are used in TMD to effect the right alignment between the teeth at the top and bottom of the jaws. This saves the temporomandibular joint the stress of carrying too much pressure.

Take home

A myriad of orthodontic cases can be solved with braces. Issues like the ones we've discussed above and more can get affordable teeth straightening at our practice. The timeline for your treatment is determined by how severe the case is, and the outcome you hope to achieve. Do bear in mind that caring for your braces is very important regardless of how long your treatment takes, and what your goals are. Staying in good dental condition is sweet.

What we do at Adult Braces London is help people achieve healthier smiles through a friendly, highly advanced and bespoke treatment pattern. Since individuals differ one from another, we have put in place unique and pain-free treatments that meet the need of each patient under our care. Don't hesitate to book an appointment with us today by calling 020 31373179 for that great smile.

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