Signs You May Need Braces
By Kent Wildern, DDS
March 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

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Are you wondering whether your smile could benefit from orthodontic treatment?braces

Patients of all ages are considering the benefits of getting braces. While most people aren’t born with the perfect smiles it doesn’t mean that getting orthodontics can’t change all that. Of course, it isn’t always obvious whether or not you could benefit from what braces have to offer. Our Grand Rapids, MI, dentist Dr. Kent Wildern is here to tell you more about braces and whether they might give you the smile you want.

Whether you are considering braces for your child or yourself it’s never too late to get the smile you want. Here are some signs that it might be time to talk to our Grand Rapids general dentist about getting braces:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Twisted or overlapping teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Teeth that do not fit together properly
  • Problems with speech or chewing
  • Premature loss of baby teeth

While you can often thank genetics for these dental issues it doesn’t mean that you have to live with these problems if you were born with them. By bringing your child in for a consultation around the age of five or six years old (usually when baby teeth are falling out and permanent teeth are coming in) we will be able to evaluate your child’s developing smile and determine whether braces could improve the look and overall health of their teeth.

Even though the most obvious benefit of getting braces is that it improves the alignment and appearance of your smile, it also has benefits to your oral health, as well. Misaligned teeth are often more challenging to brush and floss. Plaque and tartar are more likely to build up on surfaces that are crowded, twisted or overlapping, increasing your chances of decay and gum disease.

Plus, teeth that don’t fit together properly end up putting pressure on some teeth over others, which can lead to fractures and excessive wear over time. By choosing to get braces you can also protect the health of you or your child’s teeth.

Even though it’s recommended that children come in for an orthodontic evaluation rather early in life, this doesn’t mean that it’s too late for older children, teens and adults to benefit from getting braces.

Do you want to sit down with Dr. Wildern and find out what orthodontic treatment will give you your dream smile? Our Grand Rapids family dentist is ready to help you choose the right dental treatment to improve your smile and oral health. Call our office today.