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What Are the Signs that Braces May Be Needed?

Orthodontic problems, if not early addressed can pose a great danger to a person's oral health. It comes highly recommended that one does regular check-ups to determine whether there are any impending problems, especially in children. If through consultations with your doctor, you realize that you or your child are experiencing signs that braces are necessary, then it is time to pay a visit to your orthodontist for a solution.

How to know if braces are needed is something that has eluded many. Should you be wondering what the signs are, below are a few that will help you go and get your beautiful smile back.

When Are Braces Necessary?

1. Crowded Teeth

Crowding would be the first answer to the question why braces are be needed. Although it is popular with kids, crowding also occurs in adults. When it happens, there will be insufficient space in the mouth for all teeth to fit. Lack of adequate room for the teeth will lead to some being crooked thereby affecting your smile.

Over time, the problem gets worse. It will reach a point that certain simple tasks like flossing or brushing becomes complicated and will take lots of time and effort. Sometimes, it gets impossible to clean all teeth leading to accumulation of bacteria and germs that gradually decays your tooth. Bad odor, gingivitis, and bone loss around the teeth also abound.

Fixing this problem as early as possible goes a long way to improving your dental hygiene. It will also minimize risks of getting gum disease as well as getting rid of the bad odor. The orthodontist will also determine if removal of some teeth before applying the braces is necessary. This will further repair any damage that's been previously done and avoid future problems.

2. Teeth Overlap

When some people smile, you can't help but notice that their teeth have overlapped each other either horizontally or vertically. This is called overbite and it is one way to determine if braces are needed. If your front teeth are sticking out further than the alignment of the bottom teeth, you should visit your doctor.

Why are braces necessary for overlapping teeth?Exaggerated teeth overlap increases the chances of one's front teeth suffering from trauma. Nonetheless, it will be easy for teeth to fracture and cause you severe pain and harm. As if that is not enough, an overbite leads to complications and reduces the chances of successful dental restoration works like veneers, crowns, and cosmetic fillings. This is why you should visit an orthodontist as soon as possible.

3. Crossbite

Apart from the vertical and horizontal overlapping of teeth, people also experience what is called a crossbite. A crossbite is characterized by the opposing lower tooth being ahead of the upper tooth. This issue also requires a correction because when left untreated, certain problems like excessive wear or teeth fracture can occur. There will also be huge chances of the gum recession of the affected teeth.

Failure to correct this issue also leads to unsuccessful restoration of fractured or worn out teeth. Asymmetric jaw growth could also occur.

4. Underbite

The necessity of getting braces wards off problems associated with an underbite. A disproportionate jaw size is the primary cause of an underbite. This issue makes all the upper front teeth to be behind the lower front teeth. It might not sound like a big problem until you one day will realize that your facial appearance is imbalanced.

Another issue associated with an underbite is accelerated facial aging and difficulty in chewing or biting of food. No one wants that. As such, the need for braces is mandatory.

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5. Front Teeth Not Touching

Another of the signs that you may need braces is when your front teeth do not touch, both the upper and the lower ones. This abnormal condition is referred to as an open bite. An open bite could lead difficulties when trying to bite and is also associated with speech problems like lisp.

These two issues alone are problems one wouldn't want to deal with. As a result, a visit to the orthodontist for an application of brackets to correct the issue is a recommendation.

6. Multiple Gaps

Some people have unnecessarily large multiple spaces between their teeth. These gaps are often brought about by crowding of other teeth or habits one has developed as a kid like sucking or chewing things improperly. As one of the signs that you may need braces, it's application will bring about the correct alignment of individual teeth and get rid of the spaces.

7. Difficulty Sleeping

People unknowingly wake up sometimes in the morning feeling fatigued, which also drives them to irresistibly fight the urge to sleep during the day. This is called sleep apnea and it is a problem associated with oral health. It affects people individually based on the presence of airway disorder.

This condition calls for the need of the application of brackets, which over time will reposition the jaws and provide a reliable solution to the airflow problem. The airway needs to widen to allow more air to flow. Braces offer the long-term solutions in such cases.

8. Recurrent Jaw Pain

The question why braces are needed is also best answered by frequent jaw pains. When you open or close your jaw and experience consistent and constant pain, a visit to the doctor for braces is imperative. This problem sometimes causes the jaw to extend only to a limited position as they tend to lock. An orthodontist will examine you and determine the cause of the problem. Often, the best course of action will be fixing the brackets to bring back your jaw to the normal working condition.

9. Teeth Unnecessarily Wear Off

Chemical substances, grinding, improper oral hygiene, among others are leading causes of teeth wearing out. If grinding is the reason of teeth misalignment, the corrective measure will be the use of braces. An orthodontist will examine you first and determine what the underlying cause is, before suggesting the use of braces.

Some things in life cannot be rectified, but your smile and facial appearance can be corrected. Why suffer because of teeth misalignment, or because of a simple problem that can be fixed with braces? If you are experiencing some or most of the above signs and did not know what your solution would be, the solution is now here for you. Visit our orthodontist or make an appointment and see your unsatisfactory smile transform into a beautiful and charming one.

 

BEECROFT ORTHODONTICS

11113 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Phone: 540 898 2200

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Tooth-Friendly Recipe 10: Green Vanilla Mint Smoothie

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A smoothie is often a treat that many people like to enjoy in the summer, but there is a tooth friendly recipe that you can enjoy at any time that includes vanilla and mint. The green vanilla mint smoothie isn't as sweet as some others that you can make, decreasing the amount of sugar that sits on the teeth. If there isn't as much sugar on the teeth, then there is a reduced risk of cavities developing. It can also help to prevent the deterioration of the enamel. There are a few ingredients in this delicious smoothie that you might not think would be in it, but they give the smoothie its green appearance.

Ingredients

  • One frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of spinach
  • About 10 mint leaves, more if you like the flavor of mint
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender like you would if you were making a milkshake. You can add a bit of dark chocolate if you're looking for a sweeter taste. A bit of cucumber and lemon juice can also be added if you're looking for a way to add more vegetables to the smoothie.

This is a smoothie that can be enjoyed in the morning so that you have the energy to get through the day. It's also an ideal treat for the middle of the day if you need to replenish energy that you have lost while working or going to school. It's an option for children who seem to have trouble eating vegetables as they won't be able to taste the spinach since there is mint and bananas in the smoothie. After pouring the smoothie into a glass, you can add a mint leaf for a garnish.

Beecroft Orthodontics is an office you can call if you have any questions about ways to keep the teeth as healthy as possible with treats that don't have a lot of sugar. Call us now!

Beecroft Orthodontics

10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, VA 22553 Phone: 540-898-2200

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Can a Wisdom Tooth Cause Deafness or Blindness when Extracted?

Photo credit: amanda dias / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND The pain that you feel in your head, back, shoulders, and jaw may occur because of problems with your wisdom teeth. Also called the third molars, they sit at the end of each row of teeth and usually come in during the teenage years. As you have limited space in your mouth, those teeth can come in at an angle or become impacted, which will cause pain and inflammation. Even if you never had any problems when those teeth come in, you may suffer from problems later that requires the removal of those teeth. Many wonder about the potential side effects and if wisdom teeth extraction can cause deafness or blindness.

What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Wisdom tooth extraction essentially refers to the process in which an orthodontist removes the tooth. You may find that the orthodontist needs to take out all four teeth at the same time, only the two on the bottom or top or just a single tooth, but most people opt for the removal of all four teeth. The orthodontist will give you a series of injections that numbs the gums and other areas surrounding the tooth, and some orthodontists will give you an injection that puts you to sleep during the procedure. Your orthodontist will then carefully extract the tooth from your mouth and use gauze to reduce bleeding.

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What if the Teeth Haven't Come in Yet?

Some patients find themselves suffering from swelling and pain even before the teeth come in and break through the gums. This often occurs in teenagers, but it can also affect older patients. This also occurs in those who have smaller mouths that lack enough space for those teeth. An orthodontist can remove those teeth, but the process generally takes a little longer. A small incision placed in the gum gives the orthodontist access to the tooth, and he or she can use specialized tools to extract the tooth from your mouth.

Is Deafness or Blindness Common?

The odds of you developing blindness or deafness because of a wisdom tooth extraction are extremely rare. Though all the nerves in the human body are connected, most orthodontists believe that problems with a wisdom tooth should not cause problems with hearing or vision. An impacted tooth or a broken tooth can put more pressure on the head and cause headaches and muscle pains, but you generally won't notice any other side effects. A good orthodontist will talk with you about the risk factors associated with wisdom tooth extraction and what you can do to keep yourself healthy.

Need More Help from an Orthodontist?

"Do I need braces?" is one of the most common questions asked to orthodontists. With Wildsmile braces King George residents can find an alternative to braces. Braces slowly straighten your teeth and improve your smile, but not everyone likes the way that braces look. Wildsmile braces let you choose the colors and materials used in your braces, which can make you feel more confident about your smile. If you live in the King George area and have questions about braces, your wisdom teeth or any other related topic, schedule an appointment with Beecroft Orthodontics today.

Beecroft Orthodontics 10472 Georgetown Dr, Fredericksburg, VA22553 Phone: 540 898 2200

Can a Wisdom Tooth Cause Deafness or Blindness when Extracted?

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