Do I Need Braces?

One of the most common questions that our adult patients ask Dr. C is whether or not they need braces. Even if we grew up with a straight smile, some of us experience tooth shifting as we age – especially if we’ve had a tooth pulled somewhere in our mouth. As we bite, chew, and grind, our teeth gradually seem to drift forward toward the midline as we get older. This can create problems with crowding, tooth wear, and aesthetic concerns.

Getting braces can help you protect your smile and keep it healthier, longer. In fact, Dr. C may recommend orthodontic therapy for people who are battling chronic oral health problems like:

  • Periodontal disease
  • TMJ disorder
  • Accelerated tooth wear

Correcting your bite makes it easier for you to maintain great oral hygiene. It also promotes a proper biting relationship between the upper and lower teeth.

After scheduling an orthodontic evaluation, we can let you know whether or not braces would be beneficial to your oral health. It also provides us with an opportunity to discuss your aesthetic concerns. For instance, Invisalign is very effective for correcting problems like:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked or rotated front teeth
  • Gaps in your smile

If cosmetic concerns are your priority, an orthodontic evaluation would be one of the first steps that you want to take. We might even recommend getting Invisalign before other types of cosmetic treatments like bonding or veneers, depending on your specific smile needs.

Feel free to call us to schedule an exam, or ask Dr. C during your next visit about whether or not you need braces. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you choose the type of braces that are best for your individual smile.