Many people think braces and other orthodontic treatment are only about appearances, and therefore opt to skip them. They might not consider their misaligned or crooked teeth to be that big of a deal, or enough of a deal to invest in fixing it.
However, orthodontics doesn’t just improve the aesthetics of your smile – it works to also improve your overall bite. Braces , plates and retainers and other orthodontic treatments can have a positive effect on your overall health.
Your teeth are part of a much larger system of muscles and joints that can affect your head, neck and other parts of your body. Because everything in your body is linked, a bad bite could be causing you other issues without you even realising it. For example, teeth that are too crowded or overlapping may be causing you to suffer from frequent headaches!
Correcting your bite can be achieved through orthodontics, and can have long lasting effects; relieving pain you might not even have known was related to your teeth.
Why Do Some People Have Poor Bites?
Underbites, overbites and crooked teeth are physical traits, in the same way of that in blue eyes or red hair. Other factors that can affect a bite are losing teeth, periodontal disease, jaw injuries, or an uneven crown or filling. Bad habits can also result in a poor bite. Tongue thrusting and extended thumb-sucking, and pacifier or bottle use can be contributing factors.
Another very important contributing factor is the way children posture their mouth during the growth period. If young children are mouth breathers and constantly have their mouth open, the consequences can be very significant in the development of jaws, face and airway.
One of the most important things to remember is to fix the problem early to avoid problems later in life.
Problems Caused by Bad Bites
Common problems include:
- Lower self-esteem due to crooked or crowded smiles
- Improper chewing, that can result in uneven wear on the teeth and deterioration of the jaw
- Speech impediments
- Straining of the jaw
- Difficulty keeping the teeth clean, leading to periodontal disease
How do You Know if You Need to Correct Your Bite?
In many cases, simply looking at the teeth may be enough. But in other cases, an experienced orthodontist will need to examine the patient. During your examination, the orthodontist will take photos and x-rays, and sometimes even moulds or impressions of your teeth.
Once the orthodontist has determined the exact issue or issues, he or she can work with you to craft a treatment plan specifically designed for your needs. Your orthodontist will help you determine the proper course of action to not only give you a more beautiful smile, but a properly functioning one, as well.
The orthodontic professionals at Tony Weir Orthodontics will be able to assess your bite, and see how it is linked to your overall health. Call (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online to make an appointment today.
Both orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry work with your teeth to achieve a more aesthetic and pleasing smile. However, there can be some confusion over exactly what each branch of dentistry involves, and the difference between the two.
Today we’ll take a look at what both orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry can achieve, and the benefits of each treatment style.
Cosmetic Dentistry – Fast Results
The major appeal of cosmetic dentistry is how quickly results can be achieved. Done properly, cosmetic changes can not only give you a youthful, beautiful smile but also repair issues on worn, cracked or unhealthy teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is often used to correct problems that require quick attention. For example, if you chipped or broke your tooth during an accident, a cosmetic dentist can repair the damage or use porcelain crowns to cover it. Cosmetic dentistry can also be the answer if you want to bleach or reshape your teeth so they all match – especially important after fillings or if you have rough spots on some of your teeth.
Another time when cosmetic dentistry shines is when you’re trying to solve deep staining, such as the one caused by years of smoking or the use of tetracycline antibiotics. Teeth whitening, often a combination of laser whitening and at-home tray treatments is often recommended to people who have worn braces for a long time and might have uneven colouring when the braces finally come off.
Cosmetic dentistry can do one other thing that orthodontics also does: it can close the gap between teeth – although not in the same way. If you have gaps between your teeth, a cosmetic dentist can use veneers to cover your teeth and help you achieve a perfect smile in just a few visits. However, the solution will just be cosmetic, as your original teeth will remain in their original position.
Orthodontic Treatment – Long Lasting Results, Greater Health Benefits
Orthodontic treatment , on the other hand, can provide greater health benefits than just improving the aesthetic appearance of your teeth.
The slower orthodontic treatment has a number of benefits. For starters, it preserves the integrity of your own teeth. In cosmetic dentistry, sometimes it’s necessary to extract teeth – even healthy ones – in order to achieve the proper result.
If you have trouble sleeping or breathing because of the position of your teeth, or if you have jaw pain or difficulty chewing, it may be connected to bad teeth positioning. In this case you might require orthodontic treatment. The more pronounced the problem is, the higher the chances you will need braces rather than cosmetic treatment to truly correct the underlying problem.
Cosmetic dentistry is rarely recommended for children and teens because the jaw is still growing and teeth (like wisdom teeth) are still coming out. In this case, braces can be a much better choice.
So, Which Option to Choose?
Still confused about what option is better for you? Talking to an experienced and professional dentist is always the best way to figure the right treatment option for your particular case.
If you’d like to discuss your options with orthodontics as compared to cosmetic dentistry, book an appointment with the team at Tony Weir Orthodontics . Simply call (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online .