Signs that braces may benefit your smile and health
Braces = Straight Teeth.
If you agree with this statement, you are correct. The end goal of orthodontic care is a good bite and beautiful smile. However, while the primary function of braces are to straighten teeth, they actually offer many other health benefits — from decreased risk of oral disease and jaw problems, to improved self-esteem and self-confidence.
So, whether age 7 . . . or age 47 . . . orthodontic care should be a part of a comprehensive dental health care plan.
If you recognize any of these signs or concerns in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
- Speech difficulty
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
- Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Inability to comfortably close lips
- Self-consciousness about your smile
Is it time for a visit to the orthodontist? Contact Associated Orthodontists today! We accept most major insurance plans, plus offer complimentary consultations, flexible payment options and cutting-edge treatments, including Invisalign. Please visit greatbraces.com/consult to schedule your appointment or to find a location near you.
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