When do you need braces?
Orthodontic problems can affect anyone. The most common orthodontic problem treated by orthodontist is malocclusions or when your upper and lower jaw does not bite together properly. Malocclusions can be inherent genetically or caused by external factor extensive thumb-sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor dental hygiene, early or late loss of primary teeth, accidents or poor nutrition.
The purpose of having orthdoontic treatment is mainly to attain a functional bite that is treated in part with tooth alignment and in part jaw position.
Why should you treat orthodontic problems?
If your condition is mild, you may need need treatment. However for individuals that have moderate to severe malocclusion issues, it can causes problems such as chewing, speaking, issues with oral hygiene cleaning that can lead decay or wearing down of teeth as well as poor aesthetics or facial inbalance.
Orthodontists aim to use appliances or techniques to optimize occlusion function. For certain more severe conditions, jaw surgery or orthognathic surgery may be recommended if orthodontic braces alone is unable to resolve issues.