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5 [Signs] that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

Five Signs that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

Although these fall in no particular order of importance, I’ll highlight five signs you may need braces, regardless of your age.

You may need braces if...

1.) You have an uncomfortable bite.Does your bite feel funny? Do you bite down and your teeth don’t fit together? Do you bite down and have a big space between your upper and lower teeth (an overbite)? Can you put your tongue between your upper and lower teeth? If you answered, “yes,” to any of these questions, you may need braces. You may also feel comfortable eating and chewing, bit that large space between your upper and lower teeth puts the teeth in a position where they can’t protect themselves that well (in addition to being unaesthetic).

When the teeth fit together nicely, they protect themselves as you move your jaw forwards or backwards. When you have a large overbite, the teeth aren’t protected. Another bite issue is an underbite. Your lower teeth stick out further than your top ones. With an underbite, it’s hard to chew, and your teeth are susceptible to trauma and damage.

Foods

2.) Food gets stuck in between your teeth.  Does chicken or steak get stuck in between a couple of teeth? If so, it usually means you have a “food pocket,” which forms when you have a small space between one tooth and another. That space causes food, usually meat, to get stuck because you’re chewing and grinding harder on meat. It will also more easily get wedged in between your teeth. If you don’t floss often, it may sit there for days or weeks, before the saliva takes care of it. Saliva can take a long time to flush it out and remove it. In the meantime, bacteria attack this food and create a “nest” for plaque to live in. You then develop problems like cavities and gum inflammation or recession. Underneath your gums, you’ll develop bone defects, and your bone will slowly fade away.

Difficulties

3.) Your teeth are crowded. Are your lower front teeth crowded? From a functional standpoint, if your teeth are crowded and overlapped, it’s even difficult for a professional hygienist to ensure your teeth surfaces stay clean. When they’re crowded, there may be two, three, or four surfaces contacting other teeth, and creating pockets and wedges more difficult to clean. Crowded teeth should be addressed to ensure you maintain the health of your gums and bones.

4.) You have speech issues. Have you been concerned about how your child’s speech is developing and how they pronounce certain words? The position of their teeth may affect his speech. Some of letters are difficult to say if the teeth are in a bad position. If he has a large overbite, the teeth are crowded or inclined; it may be difficult to get his tongue between the teeth. If your son or daughter has any speech issues, they may stem from the position of the teeth.

5.) You have difficulty sleeping.  Do you wake up after sleeping and still feel tired? Do you find yourself falling asleep when you sit down, whether it’s to watch a show after work or do homework during the day? If you answered, “Yes,” to these questions, consider these signs you didn't get a good night’s sleep. For many, it can be sleep apnea. For some, sleep apnea’s a neurological disorder. But for most people, it’s an airway disorder. Sleep apnea is treated different ways depending on your age. For a child, the airway is widened to increase the volume of air taken in--no appliance needed. But, many adults need a CPAP machine to position their jaws and maximize air flow.

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How to Get Your Best Smile

While a smile is the best thing you can wear, some people find themselves self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. If crooked or misshapen teeth make you want to hide your smile, our team of orthodontists in Stafford is here to help! We know just what it takes to bring out the beautiful smile in anyone, and will work to do whatever is necessary to give you a grin you’ll be proud to show! Contact us today and let us get you started on the road to a beautiful smile.

Beecroft Orthodontics

239 Garrisonville Rd. Suite #101 Stafford,Virginia

Phone: 540-659-6300 Fax: 540-288-0706

Do I Need Braces?

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Two Minutes Twice a Day

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.3: “Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough”

If your child has the bad habit of not brushing often enough or long enough, you know that there are going to be problems down the line. In addition to flossing on a daily basis, your child should brush his or her teeth for at least two minutes every time. That means devoting at least a minute to the top and a minute to the bottom, thoroughly brushing every surface to ensure the teeth are cleaned well. It's also essential that your child knows the proper method to brush teeth. Strokes should be short, moving back and forth across every surface, using the tip to get in hard to reach places, such as behind teeth that are in the front. If your child doesn't brush long enough, bacteria can continue to breed, leading to gum disease. Accumulating debris can cause decay and excess plaque can actually lead to heart problems in the future.

Brushing Often Enough is a Must as Well

In addition to the length of time that your child brushes, it is also to brush often enough. Twice a day is the recommended amount, once in the morning and once at night. However, your child can be even more vigilant and brush after every meal time, ensuring debris is removed from the teeth. Each time plaque is removed, it ensures better oral health.

Discuss Good Oral Hygiene and More

As you help your child to take care of his or her teeth, you may have additional concerns that require an orthodontist. Visit our website and make an appointment at Beecroft Orthodontics to discuss a host of issues, including Invisalign teen cost and Invisalign teen review. Help your child to have a beautiful smile. Begin with brushing and learn about other alternatives to make those pearly whites shine.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Two Minutes Twice a Day

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The Mystery of the Wisdom Tooth

Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

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When it comes to teeth, everyone wants to have the brightest, the whitest, and the straightest teeth. Over time, people have developed all sorts of different ways to achieve these goals. White strips are common, braces have become invisible, and stain removal has practically illuminated the teeth to lamp standards. However, through all of this, one thing has remained relatively unchanged - the removal of the wisdom teeth.

The removal of wisdom tooth has always been considered by many as a rite of passage in the patient's dental timeline. The belief being that should the wisdom teeth be left in, they will create chaos in the mouth of the patient, ranging from tooth decay to crooked smiles. While the basis for these beliefs are sound, they are not always 100% accurate - so when do wisdom teeth need to come out?

Wisdom teeth warrant removal from the mouth when they fit into certain problem causing categories. The most glaring being the cases when wisdom teeth are "impacted." Impacted wisdom teeth are a result of the mouth not having enough room to accommodate the new tooth. The tooth can remain completely within the jaw bone - fully impacted - or they can wiggle their way up and expose bits of themselves to earn the classification of partially impacted. Fully impacted wisdom teeth are more risky to remove because of the potential damage to the nerves within the jaw, and even the best orthodontist will want to discuss the pros and cons of removing them. Partially impacted wisdom teeth are mostly always in need of removal, and can be removed with less risk of nerve damage due to their emergence and distance from the aforementioned nerves.

The next big reason for wisdom teeth removal is more apparent when it comes to partially impacted wisdom teeth - the difficulty of care involved. Partially impacted wisdom teeth provide hiding places for bits of debris to latch on and decay the tooth without the ability for traditional brushes and other tools to remove them. This leads to an increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and infection. On top of this, since it is hard for the patient to reach the tooth to care for it, should anything happen to the tooth that needs attention, the tooth will be just as difficult to reach to solve the problem in the office as well.

With all of this in mind, it is important to consult an orthodontist about the removal of wisdom teeth. When it comes to wisdom teeth removal, Dr. Matt Beecroft is widely considered one of the best orthodontists for the task. Our team at Beecroft Orthodontics can answer all of the questions needed to make a decision on the best course of action for the removal of wisdom teeth. Be sure to call us today!

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

The Mystery of the Wisdom Tooth

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