When Do You Need Braces for Teeth

Having a nice set of teeth can give you confidence when you smile. I may not have the perfect teeth, but I am happy to say that I have no problem smiling because I am confident that my teeth would look good when I smile. However, there are people who have serious problems with their teeth and which can only be solved by having braces.

Braces are useful for moving teeth to their ideal or intended positions so that there will be occlusion, a condition when the teeth are aligned together when they bite. Many people have problems with malocclusion, a misalignment of teeth in the lower and upper dental arches, with the first molar as the reference point. Aside from misalignment, certain conditions also call for braces:

Class I – Class I misalignment has the ideal alignment between the lower and upper sets of teeth. However, crowding of teeth is normally present and braces are necessary to correct the problem.

Class II – Often referred to as the “over bite,” it is a condition when the first molar is in the posterior position or is girded toward the back part of the mouth. This in turn causes the maxilla or the upper jaw to protrude forward.

Class III – Also known as the “under bite,” this condition is characterized by having the first molar in the anterior position or close to the front part of the mouth. In this case, the mandible of the lower jaw also protrudes forward.

Crowding Teeth – While some patients have the ideal occlusion, braces may still be needed for varying cases of crowding problems. Crowding causes teeth to rotate, overlap or grow in the wrong position in the mouth. In extreme cases, crowding may even cause a tooth to be trapped in the bone. One of the primary factors that cause crowding is when a person has a very small dental arch for its adult teeth to grow. It could also be that the adult teeth are larger than normal. Some people also suffer from crowding teeth as a result of losing teeth too early or retaining them for too long than normal. Both conditions can inhibit the growth of the adult teeth, forcing them to grow in the wrong positions. Brushing and flossing of teeth can be difficult with crowding teeth. In turn, crowding may also result to other serious dental problems such as tooth decay and gingivitis.

Spacing Teeth – To some degree, some people suffer from spacing teeth problem. It is when the teeth or jaw is smaller than normal. One of the most common spacing problems is having space in between the two upper front teeth or the centrals.

Having an incorrect bite or misaligned teeth is a condition that needs dental attention as it could also lead to other problems such as speech impediment, jaw pain, difficulty in eating, clenching or grinding of the teeth, tooth decay, gum disease and even sleep apnea. While tooth pain can be easily remedied with natural and commercial tooth pain relief, these problems can only be solved by having braces. Some people are afraid to have braces because they can be expensive and may also be painful especially if you have just been fitted with spacers for braces. But it may be worth the cost and pain as braces can help you wear that perfect smile.