How to Know If You Need Braces

How To Know If You Need Braces

This time, we’re looking at “How to know if you need braces” in the Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics blog.

From the age of seven to adults of all ages, braces can transform smiles and improve oral health. 

Today, as many as one in five orthodontic patients seeking treatment today are adults. So, you can get started at any age with significant improvements to oral health and appearance. Today, braces and Invisalign are advanced, discreet, and efficient. 

At Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics, award-winning treatment is affordable, with flexible financing and same-day braces. Your smile is yours forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best orthodontic care.

Now, let’s take a look at some signs that may indicate you would benefit from braces.

How to Know if You Need Braces

Do you or your child need braces? There are some signs to look for. First, we’ll look at signs a child may need braces.

Kids may need braces for many reasons, such as genetic predisposition, oral health, and nutritional issues. Over time, habits like thumb-sucking can slowly move teeth out of alignment. 

What to Look For

Here are some signs a child may need braces:

  • Breathing from the mouth
  • Problems chewing or biting
  • Biting the roof of the mouth or inside of the cheek
  • Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
  • Thumb-sucking or similar habits past age two
  • Teeth that are crowded or appear misaligned or irregular
  • Jaws that shift, protrude, or look recessed or out of proportion to the face
  • Clicking or other sounds in the jaw

If you notice any of these issues or suspect your child may need orthodontic care, contact Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics. Notably, you don’t need a dentist’s referral, and your first visit is complimentary.

Signs Adults May Need Braces

Today, most adults have imperfect smiles, with only around 35% having ideally aligned teeth. In many cases, a malocclusion is present (misaligned teeth). As we age, these misalignments will worsen if left untreated. 

Most commonly, people have an overbite, but there are many other malocclusions. See more here. Fortunately, braces can correct all kinds of misalignments. Then, you can avoid oral health concerns, such as:

  • Tooth decay and wear
  • Losing a tooth and resulting bone loss
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Problems chewing 
  • Painful jaw problems and TMJ symptoms
  • Worsening misalignments over time
  • Negative changes to one’s appearance

If you suspect you have a malocclusion, get a free consultation from Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics. Then, you can find out if you need braces or if you’re a candidate for Invisalign. Today, you can also get started from home with a free virtual consultation.

Also, here are some other signs you may need braces:

  • Speech impediment
  • Difficulty flossing and brushing between teeth
  • Biting your tongue

Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can help you eliminate problems like these. Braces and Invisalign can transform smiles, helping you feel better and more confident than ever before.

Please, check out our Success Stories for examples of how we’ve helped transform smiles in the Charlotte area.

We hope this information about “How to know if you need braces” has been helpful. Have any questions? Call us anytime at (704) 364-7343.

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