Reasons to Seek Orthodontic Treatment – Richardson, TX
When To Consult Your Orthodontist
Millions of people across the U.S. are undergoing orthodontic treatment at any given time. Should you be among them? Whether you want to improve the way your smile looks, address bite problems, or want to get a better night’s rest, orthodontic treatment may be the solution you have been hoping for. On this page, we will discuss some reasons why you may want to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist in Richardson.
You Have a Misaligned Bite
Malocclusion is a term that describes a misaligned bite, such as a underbite, overbite, or crossbite. Such issues can be uncomfortable and affect your mouth’s overall function. Orthodontic appliances are able to gently move the teeth so they fit well together, thus getting rid of malocclusion and creating a greater level of musculoskeletal harmony between your jaw and teeth.
You Dislike The Way Your Smile Looks
Most orthodontic problems at least have some impact on a smile’s appearance. Crooked teeth are in themselves unattractive. Misalignment can also contribute to bad breath and improper jaw positioning. Over time, orthodontic treatment is able to gradually just the jaw’s position and move teeth so that you gain a truly confident smile. Braces can also make you a better candidate for a number of dental procedures that are purely cosmetic in nature, such as porcelain veneers.
You Have a Speech Impediment
Clear speech depends on precise interactions between the teeth and the tongue. If the teeth and/or jaw are not properly positioned, a lisp or other speed impediments could result. Orthodontic treatment, along with possible speech therapy, can help you to clearly enunciate all of your words and sound as professional as possible when you talk.
You Frequently Get Cavities
Improperly aligned teeth can easily trap food and bacteria between them. Cleaning out those tight spaces with a toothbrush and floss may be quite challenging — in some cases, it may even be impossible. Hence, you may be at a much higher risk of developing cavities than people whose teeth are all in their proper places.
You Struggle to Get Enough Sleep
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition wherein an individual periodically stops breathing while they are asleep due to an obstructed airway, leading to snoring, daytime exhaustion, and other serious symptoms. Misaligned teeth, a misaligned jaw, or an improperly developed dental arch can all contribute to OSA. After orthodontic treatment, you may find that you snore less and feel more refreshed on a day to day basis.
You Suffer from TMD or Bruxism
TMD is any condition that affects the function of the TMJ (the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull). It can contribute to habitual teeth grinding and clenching. Often, these issues are related to misaligned teeth or a misaligned jaw — problems that orthodontic treatment can fix.
Could you benefit from orthodontics? Dr. Jones and Dr. Hanson would be happy to evaluate your teeth and talk to you about your treatment options. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.