Have you wondered if you might benefit from orthodontic treatment? If so, you’re not alone. An estimated 50-75% of people could benefit from a visit to the local orthodontist, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Knowing the signs that you may need orthodontic treatment is an important part of maintaining oral health. Here are signs it’s time to get a consultation.
1. Overly Crowded Teeth
If your teeth are overly crowded, it can cause dental hygiene issues. Being unable to effectively brush and floss your teeth can lead to plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease. Crowding of the teeth may also be a sign of an underlying orthodontic problem. An orthodontist can help you determine the best method for correction.
2. Teeth Alignment
Teeth that are misaligned can also put you at risk for oral health problems. Misalignment differs from crowding in that the teeth may not actually touch each other, but they still don’t fit together properly. This can cause problems with eating and speaking, as well as gum and jaw pain. An orthodontist can create a customized treatment plan to address misalignment issues such as braces.
3. Jaw Pain
Pain in the jaw, face, or neck is another sign that you may need orthodontic treatment. This pain can result from an improper bite or jaw misalignment, both of which are orthodontic issues. An orthodontist can determine if the pain comes from teeth issues or TMJ. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, affects the jaw muscles and joints. Treatments such as braces can help reduce the pain associated with TMJ and other jaw misalignment issues.
4. Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder in which breathing stops and starts during sleep. Orthodontic treatments such as oral appliances can help reduce the severity of sleep apnea. An example of an appliance is a mandibular advancement device, which helps keep the jaw in place while sleeping. It can also help reduce snoring and other breathing problems.
5. Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding, or bruxism is a habit that can result in permanent damage to your teeth. It can also cause pain in the jaw, face, and neck. An orthodontist can create a custom-fitted nightguard to protect your teeth from grinding. It can also help to relieve the jaw and facial pain caused by bruxism.
Do you have any of the above issues? If so, don’t hesitate to get an orthodontic consultation scheduled with Four Corners Orthodontics & Dental. Contact our office today for assistance.