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Should Braces In Teeth Be Part Of Your New Look This New Year?

People are excited for the New Year to come, for it’s the most reasonable time to get a new look. Maybe it in the way they dress, their hair styles, and even the type of their dental care. Dental appliances called braces are not new to this generation. Shall braces in your teeth be part of your new look in New Year?

By looking in the mirror and experiencing oral difficulties, one must assess himself and consult his dentist if having braces is a must. Braces function to align and move the teeth to avoid malocclusion – the misalignment of teeth from the molars which affects how the upper and lower arches bite.

Dentists recommend it through orthodontic treatment, which will help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, misalignment and headache. There were more or less 3 million teens in America and Canada who have undergone orthodontic treatment. Alarmed? Consult your dentist and start correcting it this New Year.

The What and Why Questions about Braces

The ideal age for someone to get braces is seven to 14. But the braces aren’t just for kids and teens, for the number of adults that need to wear such also arises. Are you one of them?

The span of time for wearing one depends on the treatment plan and the complication. However, the usual time lasts for about 12 and 24 months, which is followed by wearing of retainer. Braces usually have three types, depending on your need: (1) the Ceramic, metal and plastic brackets, which are bonded to the teeth, (2) the Lingual or concealed brackets, which are not noticeable for it is attached to the back of the teeth, and (3) the Aligners, which is clear and customized, removable unlike the first two that uses wires to move the teeth.

Here are some of the reasons that are not to be ignored, for braces may save you and your teeth from serious dental health problems:

  • Malocclusion. As mentioned, this is the most common reason to get braces. Malocclusion has three different types of teeth misalignments, so read on and assess which type you have.
    • Class I bite. Crowding and spacing (which will be further explained) affect the upper and lower arches.
    • Class II bite or “Over Bite.” The first lower molar is too near at the back, which causes the upper jaw to be pushed forward when biting.
    • Class III or “Under Bite.” This is the opposite of the Class II bite, having the lower jaw pushed towards the front.
  • Crowding. The teeth grow into wrong positions (which are worse if the arches are too small); thus teeth overlap and crowding causes spacing to be affected.
  • Having crooked teeth. This cause chewing and clenching difficult, giving you a hard time eating your food.
  • Mouth breathing and snoring. Over time, the structure of your mouth changes and misaligned teeth plays a big role in breathing problems when you sleep, which will then result to sleep apnea.
  • Interfering of speech. The misaligned and not straightened teeth affect the muscles on your mouth that will result in difficulty on how you speak.
  • Experiencing jaw pain. Misalignment of teeth, especially in molars, causes the jaw to be in pain.
  • Getting used to grinding of teeth. The discomfort caused by wrong teeth positioning often creates mannerisms just to ease what’s going on in your teeth.

It’s Not Yet Too Late to Save Yourself

You know now that getting braces aren’t only for minor corrections on how you’ll look, but braces play a big role in the elimination of serious dental health problems. New Year’s coming, and it’s not too late to consult your dentist and seek orthodontic treatment. Smiling with attractive teeth will not only make it look right, but it will also make you feel better and healthy.