Think of braces as an investment. By taking a relatively short time to align your teeth with braces, you will enjoy the benefits for the rest of your life. Braces don’t just make smiles straight and attractive. They also boost people’s self-confidence. In addition, braces are medically vital. They fix malocclusions, or “bad bites,” which if left uncorrected can make chewing and talking difficult and worsen dental problems.
Do any of the following conditions seem to describe your mouth or your bite?
This common condition is often called “bucked teeth.”
This condition, also knows an “over jet,” is when the upper teeth cover the lower front teeth too much because of a misalignment of the jaws.
An underbite is when the upper teeth fit inside the arch of the lower teeth. It creates a protruding lower jaw.
This malocclusion is when the lower front teeth and upper front teeth don’t meet when the back teeth are held together.
This condition is when the spaces between the two upper front teeth and the two lower front teeth don’t line up properly underneath the bridge of the nose.
A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth on one side of the mouth close into the inside of the lower jaw.
Crowded, overlapping teeth can occur when the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate a full set of teeth. Improper gaps or spacing occurs when the jaw is too large.
If you suspect your bite isn’t functioning correctly or if you simply aren’t entirely happy with your smile or profile, call Dr. Gibbs for a complementary appointment.
If a medical examination determines that braces are right for you, you’ll have a number of options to choose from: