Could you benefit from orthodontic treatment? Our Western Springs, IL, orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Kizior, discusses a few signs that may indicate that you need braces.
Your upper and lower teeth should fit together easily when you close your mouth. If you don't, you have a bite problem. Bite problems, such as under and overbites can detract from the way you look, but the appearance isn't the only issue. Enamel erosion, lacerations in the mouth and gum disease are more likely to occur if you have a bite problem. If your molars don't meet, chewing may be difficult. In some cases, bite problems can even affect speech and cause temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), a painful condition that affects the hinge joints in the jaw.
Orthodontic treatment is effective in treating underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites.
Do your teeth overlap or protrude at odd angles? Orthodontic treatment will gradually realign them, improving both your appearance and your bite. If you have a serious crowding issue, it may be necessary to remove a few teeth before your treatment begins. Removing the teeth ensures that there is adequate room in your mouth to realign your teeth.
Teeth on the move
If you think that your teeth have shifted, it's probably not your imagination. Teeth tend to change position as we age. If you had perfect teeth as a child, it's not unusual to see a difference in your smile as an adult. Unfortunately, if your teeth were far from perfect when you were younger, the alignment may only worsen as you get older. No matter what your age, orthodontic treatment can help improve the function and appearance of your teeth. Sometimes adults want to straighten their teeth, but don't like the look of metal braces. Invisalign, a type of clear braces offered in our Western Springs office, can be an excellent option.
Braces are ideal for treating gaps between teeth. Once those spaces close, you'll no longer have to worry about trapped food and will feel more confident about the way you look.
Still not sure if orthodontic treatment is a good choice for you? Call our Western Springs, IL, orthodontist, Dr. Kizior, at (708) 246-1000 to schedule an appointment.