Tooth alignment problems don't have to affect your smile permanently. Braces, offered by your Danville, VA, dentists, Drs. Jessica Owens and Zachary Hairston of Art of Dentistry, straighten crooked teeth and improve your appearance.
Braces correct spacing issues
Braces can close gaps between teeth and eliminate crowding. Both traditional metal braces and clear Invisalign aligner trays slowly move teeth by exerting constant pressure on them.
Orthodontic treatment straightens teeth
Do you avoid smiling because your teeth are crooked? You're not alone. Many people feel a little self-conscious due to smile issues. Braces reposition crooked and overlapping teeth, giving you a very good reason to smile. Eliminating overlapping areas of teeth also makes it easier to remove cavity-causing plaque, which can help decrease your tooth decay risk.
Bite problems improve thanks to braces
Braces are frequently used to correct bite problems. The problem occurs when your upper and lower teeth don't fit together properly. Common bite problems include:
- Overbites: Your top teeth protrude over your bottom teeth if you have an overbite. An overbite isn't just an aesthetic issue. If you fall, you're more likely to injure your teeth. An overbite can also cause excessive wear on your top teeth and damage the gums.
- Underbites: Underbites occur when the lower teeth extend beyond the upper teeth. The problem can cause problems chewing and speaking and may be responsible for face or mouth pain.
- Crossbites: A crossbite happens when the upper teeth fall behind the lower teeth when chewing or the lower teeth fall behind the upper teeth. Not surprisingly, the problem can make it difficult to chew. If you compensate by moving your jaw around to force your teeth to meet, permanent changes to the bones in your jaw and face can occur.
- Open Bites: An open bite occurs when the back or front teeth don't meet when you chew and bite. This type of bite problem can also make chewing and speaking difficult and may even be a factor in swallowing problems.
Bites problems aren't always obvious. Although your teeth may be straight, you may still have a bite problem. Luckily, your dentist can identify bite problems and other orthodontic issues during your checkups in the Danville dental office.
Could your smile be improved with braces? Call your dentists in Danville, VA, Drs. Owens and Hairston of Art of Dentistry at (434) 792-0700 to schedule your appointment.