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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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Are Traditional Braces Cheaper Than Invisalign? 

When thinking of braces for yourself or your child, the cost is certainly one of the main considerations. The actual cost varies with some factors like the length of the treatment and the orthodontic problems that must be corrected. Different systems can also affect the cost. Here's some information that would probably help you decide between traditional braces, which are cheaper, or with Invisalign.

Comparing Braces and Invisalign

Traditional braces are made from ceramic or metal brackets that are connected by wires. They remain in place throughout the treatment. "Real" braces require careful attention to oral hygiene. Some foods are also off limit as it could break a wire or bracket. The Invisalign system, on the other hand, is consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. The aligners are removable for oral hygiene, meals, and special occasions like the senior prom or wedding. Standard metal braces are advantageous when used to correct pretty much any orthodontic problem, while Invisalign won’t be effective severe malocclusion or if your teeth are shorter than the average.

Visit Differences

The number of visits you need may vary will depend on whether you choose braces or Invisalign. With braces, most people are scheduled to come back and be checked at least once a month to have the wires tightened. This allows the orthodontist to check how much the teeth have moved and in what direction. Any minor changes will also be checked like examining the mouth, teeth, and gums for signs of problems. With Invisalign, if the retainer is made at one time, you may need fewer visits. However, some orthodontists recommend making new aligners individually, which requires frequent visits to get each new aligners fitted. Making a new aligner involves making a new mold from your teeth which consume time and supplies and can drive up the cost.

Dental Health Issues

Brackets of metal or ceramic braces are fixed to the teeth with cement. However, it is still possible for bacteria to affect the enamel under the bracket. Using braces also calls for attention to the oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are vitally important, as brackets and wires can affect your ability to clean the tooth surfaces. Sometimes cavities can be found and treated while the braces are still on. In other cases, it is not until the braces are removed where cavities show up. While cavity treatment isn't – strictly speaking – a cost of orthodontia, it can affect the total cost. This is one area where Invisalign offers an advantage, as the removable aligner allows you to perform a very thorough cleaning.

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Another Consideration

One of the factors many people may not consider when it comes to the cost is how the removable Invisalign aligner can affect the treatment time and results. The typical recommendation is to wear the aligner at least 22 hours a day. This would mean self-discipline for the patient. As teeth shift into their new position, it could be uncomfortable. It can be tempting, especially for children, to remove the aligner to decrease any discomfort. Sometimes a self-conscious teen may be reluctant to wear the aligner in public. However, wearing the aligner less than the prescribed time increases the chance that the treatment will take longer. Another issue of having a removable aligner is misplacing it. A lost aligner would mean additional expense to create a replacement.

Other Cost Factors

Some primary factors that determine whether braces are cheaper than Invisalign are: ~ The complexity of the case ~ How long your treatment would take ~ Where you live ~ Your insurance coverage. It goes without saying that complex cases take more of the orthodontist’s time and effort. Remember, what you're really paying for is the expertise and experience of your orthodontist. Treatment length affects cost, as longer treatments typically take more visits, more supplies, and more of the orthodontist's time. Geographical considerations can also affect costs – costs are generally high in large metropolitan areas. Although insurance coverage doesn't affect the actual cost of braces and Invisalign, it does affect your out-of-pocket costs.

Examples of Costs

In the US, standard metal braces cost between $3,500 and $7,000 for the total treatment, according to Cost Helper. Treatment times range from one to three years. Obviously, more complex problems take more time and visits, which affects cost. Lingual braces, which are placed behind the teeth and less visible, are another form of traditional braces. These take more time and effort and it is more challenging to place them on the teeth, but in other aspects, they are similar to the usual metal braces worn on the front of the teeth. The average cost of lingual braces is $5,000 to $13,000. Invisalign costs typically range from $5,000 to $8,000. However, simpler orthodontic problems may require fewer aligners and can bring the cost down to around $2,000.

Ways to Reduce Costs

The best way to reduce your out-of-pocket costs for braces and Invisalign is to have good dental insurance. The average insurance plan covers around $3,500 of the cost or orthodontic treatment, whether the treatment is for standard braces or Invisalign. Many employers offer flexible spending accounts for healthcare that will allow you to put up to $2,550 each year of pre-tax dollars into an account which you can then use for healthcare expenses, including orthodontia. You can also lower your monthly costs by saving up a down payment. Many orthodontists offer zero-percent financing or payment plans.

The bottom line? The cost of orthodontic treatment varies significantly. It really depends on how severe the orthodontic problems are, how long the treatment takes, patient cooperation and compliance with prescribed treatment, and your insurance coverage. In the long run, it's not the system you're paying for, it's the expertise and experience of your orthodontist. His or her recommendations of the dental system you need can affect your costs, and a high level of expertise can also make a difference. Discuss all of these issues carefully prior to initiating orthodontic treatment. If you have questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.

References: https://nalortho.com/are-traditional-braces-cheaper-than-invisalign/ https://www.teamdemas.com/are-traditional-braces-cheaper-than-invisalign/ https://www.invisalign.com/cost http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/article/what-is-the-average-cost-of-braces-in-2014-0714

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Phone: 540 898 2200

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Why Do Teenagers Go for Invisalign?

Being a teenager isn’t easy. With the changes and the transition to adulthood, it can be tough to go through. It is tough especially for kids who don’t seem to fit in with the rest. Having teenage braces puts you in a vulnerable position. In a stage where everyone is trying to fit in with the rest, braces might not be able to help boost your self-esteem – if they were that obvious.

Luckily, now there is a new and better way to straighten your teeth and have that beautiful smile without having those awkward metals. It is called Invisalign. These are special aligners made for you and you only. The best part of the Invisalign treatment is that the aligners are virtually invisible and easy to remove.

The Invisalign treatment is preferable than traditional braces. When using these devices, nobody can notice you have them on. They do the same job as braces but boost your confidence a little bit. They are also beneficial for parents in helping their kids achieve those perfect teeth. Here are some advantages of these aligners.

Advantages of Using Invisalign

Invisibility

The first and obvious benefit is that you keep your treatment a secret. These aligners are made of a virtually invisible material to ensure nobody can easily see them. Unlike conventional braces for teenagers, you can straighten your teeth without going through that awkward braces stage.

As your kid interacts with their peers, they can have more confidence. Teenagers using Invisalign Teen tend to have a better social life. That is exactly what every teenager wants.

They Boost Confidence

As your kid wears this product, they are confident that their teeth are being straightened while maintaining a normal lifestyle.

If your kid is into sports or other activities in school, they don’t have to quit. With brackets, teenagers would have to quit sports in school. With Invisalign teen, your kid can participate in sports without fear of getting injured by the metal in their mouth.

Playing games like football and basketball are almost impossible with metal brackets. You have to always watch yourself to avoid being hit by the ball on your face. Getting hit in the mouth full of metal braces can cause a lot of damage. That is why teenagers are opting for Invisalign Teen aligners – simply because you can take them off anytime.

Freedom to Eat Almost Anything

Using traditional braces, teens are restricted from eating many things. The wire braces could easily be damaged by eating small things like popcorn or apples. Chewing gum was also restricted while using braces as it could stick. With Invisalign, teens get the freedom to eat these things.

The materials used to make this product can’t be easily damaged. So as a parent you don’t always have to watch what your kids eat. These aligners are removable. They can remove them whenever they want to eat such things.

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They Boost General Oral Hygiene

The fact that these aligners are removable makes it easy to clean your mouth. With metal braces, brushing your teeth or flossing is hard. Now teenagers can remove the aligners and brush and floss their teeth at any time.

Cleaning the aligners is also quite easy. After removing them, you can clean them properly and eliminate anything stuck on them as well as any undesirable odor. This product improves your general oral hygiene by making it easy to clean your teeth and gums.

Very Comfortable to Use

This is another major reason why teens opt for Invisalign aligners. These aligners are custom made only for your teen. There are no sharp wires poking inside their mouth. They are made to fit precisely in his/her mouth. Your teen doesn’t have to go through the discomfort of wearing metal braces. His/her teeth are fully protected, and nothing is left to cause discomfort inside the mouth. Everything is perfectly fitted.

Invisalign Aligners Are Less Expensive

In the case of an accident or loss of your aligners, you can easily replace them.

• When your teen gets this product, the aligners need to be replaced around every two weeks.

• They also don’t require additional products to sustain them. Other straightening methods require other products like spacers and rubber bands.

• They are less prone to damages; therefore, they live longer. They are not easily damaged by certain food that damages braces. You can clean them and continue to use them for extended periods.

They Save Time

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First, they are removable and easy to clean. The cleaning process is fast and costs less.

Using these aligners, your teen can start to see notable change within the first 18 months of using them.

Invisalign are now more popular than ever. For a teen who wishes to straighten their teeth fast while maintaining their normal lives then Invisalign is the way to go. They offer simplicity while boosting confidence.

For mothers with teens, choose Invisalign aligners for your teen. You get to save money and time as well. At the teen year, as a parent, you want to do everything to support and boost your kid’s confidence. They take it with them into their adult years. Choosing Invisalign is the first step.

You can visit an orthodontist to go over the available options for your teen. You can contact us and schedule an appointment with us. Let your teen straighten their teeth while boosting their confidence at the same time. Confidence is a gift you can now give your teen. We are well experienced in this area. We can help you choose the best treatment option that works best for your teen.

BEECROFT ORTHODONTICS

11113 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Phone: 540 898 2200

Why Do Teenagers Go for Invisalign?

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