Do You Need Braces?

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It could be difficult to determine whether or not you actually require orthodontic treatment. But the SmilePath team is here to assist you. It's preferable to find out early on if you or a family member might gain from orthodontic treatment using braces. This article will discuss the indicators that someone may require braces and provide data to aid in making a decision

As a result of modern orthodontic procedures and treatments, more people than ever before wear braces. Since every mouth and set of teeth is unique, there are several applications for braces. Some people are fortunate enough to have their teeth develop into the correct locations without any misalignment. For the rest of us, which is the majority of the population, braces can assist repositioning teeth, resulting in a lifetime of straight teeth, a beautiful smile, and improved general health!

Although there are certain symptoms you may check for at home, it is always advisable to contact an orthodontist before getting braces. While braces may greatly improve your look overall, their primary purpose is to improve your oral health and straighten your bite.

How to Know if You Need Braces?

If you are wondering whether to consult an orthodontist regarding braces, here are a few sure shot signs that you need braces:

Jaw or Tooth Pain Because of Misaligned Teeth

If your jaw is causing you constant pain, it might be because your teeth are misaligned. You might also have problems when you eat food, i.e. during biting or chewing. Misaligned teeth can cause difficulty in chewing, which can lead to soreness in jaws and discomfort. This can further aggravate your jaw muscles and cause frequent headaches.

Common bite issues that can be corrected with braces include:

  • Overbite: This condition occurs when the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth.
  • Underbite:When the lower jaw extends beyond the upper jaw, it is known as an underbite.
  • Overjet: Overjet is a condition that occurs when an individual's upper front teeth point outward over their lower front teeth.
  • Crossbite: A crossbite is diagnosed when a person smiles and their teeth are not aligned properly. This is something that may be corrected with the use of orthodontic braces as well.

Gaps between Your Teeth

Gaps between teeth can be places that are hard to clean with a toothbrush. Hence this can cause a buildup of dental plaque and lead to cavities and bacterial infections like gingivitis. Missing teeth, small teeth or gaps between teeth are sure shot signs that you should get braces.

Crowded or Crooked Teeth

Over Crooked teeth that are slightly tilted, teeth that overlap each other or protrude more than the surrounding teeth are called malocclusions.

Malocclusions can cause the buildup of dental plaque and bacteria. This can cause tooth decay and tooth disease. Orthodontic braces can correct the problem of crooked teeth or crowded teeth.

Speech Impediment

Speech impediments can sometimes develop in adulthood because of oral problems. Lisps develop in children who are still developing a full set of teeth, but this problem can persist to adults as well. A lisp can be fixed with the help of orthodontic braces.

Perfect Age for Braces

A check-up with an orthodontist is beneficial for all kids, including those who don't have obvious crowding or tilt to their teeth. The best age to get braces depends on the person. Between the ages of 9 and 14, when children acquire their permanent teeth, braces treatment often begins.

However, for some people, treatment with braces as a kid is not an option. Many people must wait until they are adults before receiving orthodontic treatment, whether due to cost, discomfort, or lack of diagnosis. For such adults, aligners provide a much faster and easier way of straightening teeth. In theory, you can never be too old for teeth straightening. That doesn't mean you should keep putting off treatment.

What Effect Do Braces Have on the Shape of Your Face?

The symmetry of your face is impacted by overbites, underbites, open bites, and crooked teeth. When you overbite, your upper lip can stick out and your cheeks can look hollow. Open bites stretch the muscles surrounding your mouth, making it appear longer than it is. Underbites change the position of your chin in respect to your face, causing it to protrude more than it should. Braces change the way your jaw and teeth fit together, allowing for more harmony in the lower part of your face. While the majority of these asymmetries are minor, severe malocclusion can have a significant impact on your facial form. Braces enhance your look while also improving the functionality of your mouth and teeth.

Are There Alternatives to Braces?

Metal braces, ceramic braces, and invisible braces are the most common types of teeth straightening treatments. Although metal braces are effective in straightening teeth, they might not be the most convenient option. Clear Aligners provide a much faster, safer and affordable alternative to traditional methods.

With SmilePath you get to choose your own treatment plan that is supervised by experts. Treatments from SmilePath are more effective and less expensive than those from other Aligner brands and traditional alternatives. To match your budget, we provide a number of payment alternatives. We offer two payment methods for our day and night clear aligners, as well as the option of paying over time. So, order now and pay later.


Do aligners cost more than metal braces?

On average, most conventional braces cost between $5,000 and $7,500, while most mainstream aligner brands can cost up to $5,000 and are administered in orthodontic offices, similarly to braces. Our invisible aligners on the other hand are 65% less expensive than traditional braces and other clear aligner companies. SmilePath costs between $1999 to $2199 and also offers flexible payment options.

Do braces cause tooth decay?

Unfortunately, although straightening up teeth helps prevent tooth decay, braces actually raise the chance of getting cavities and dental decay. Specifically, behind the brackets, where the covered portion of your teeth is difficult to clean, sugar and food particles may get trapped under the braces and create problems. Because of this, patients often have to adhere to dietary restrictions, such as refraining from consuming sugar during their treatment.

Do braces cause pain and discomfort?

Braces often cause mild pain or discomfort as a side effect. However, the pain should only be felt right away after your orthodontist puts or adjusts your braces or wires. Braces soreness generally lasts less than a week and usually goes away after four days.