The human body is impressive and sophisticated, but far from perfect. During our development, our teeth might not come in properly. For others, there simply isn’t enough room in their mouth for all their teeth. But, modern orthodontics has continued to improve corrective techniques. With braces, you can address teeth that are misaligned and affecting your smile.
At Shodhan Dentistry of Yucaipa, we are proud to offer top-of-the-line orthodontic treatments for both you and your family. Having a set of straight teeth is not only an aesthetic benefit but a way to improve your overall dental and physical health.
What Are the Advantages of Braces?
We all know that the end goal of braces is to align your teeth. With straighter teeth, you can become more confident in your smile. That much we all know. After all, who doesn’t want to be able to flash a set of straight teeth with every smile? However, there are also several other benefits that braces bring to patients.
When all your teeth are aligned, they should match well on both the top and bottom. With this proper alignment, chewing foods is much easier. You will even be less likely to get stringy foods stuck between your teeth.
With straightened teeth, brushing and flossing become much more manageable. Your toothbrush can reach every part of each tooth more efficiently, and flossing also becomes simpler. No more having to reach at odd angles just to floss between two overlapping teeth, or struggling to get your toothbrush’s bristles in the right place.
Now that your teeth are easier to clean, you’ll be at a decreased risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease. When your teeth are unaligned, there can be extra room for food to get stuck, where it can cause cavities and inflammation of the gums.
Help With Speech Impairments
The structure of our teeth plays a vital role in producing the sounds of languages. For patients with speech impairments, having straighter teeth can help them adjust and improve the sounds they make.
A Safer Bite
With teeth that are misaligned or protruding, you risk biting yourself while chewing or speaking. These bites can lead to sores or mouth infections, which no one wants to experience. Braces help keep your teeth’s positions in check.
Less Wear On Your Teeth
When your teeth are misaligned, they are more at risk for grinding and chipping. Braces help by moving your teeth into positions where they slot well between the upper and lower sets.
Do I Need Braces?
If your teeth don’t appear straight to you, there is a good chance you could benefit from braces. There is no definite line between people who need braces and those who can get by without them. However, below are some signs that you or your child might be a candidate for braces.
- Visibly crooked or crowded teeth
- Flossing and brushing around individual teeth are difficult
- Often biting your lip, tongue, or cheek on accident
- Teeth don’t close together when your rest your mouth
- Some speech sounds feel strained
- Difficulty and tiredness while chewing food.
Dr. Shodhan will be able to tell early on if you or your child are candidates for braces. With children, we can assess any likely future problems with alignment from an early age. The sooner you begin orthodontic correction, the better the results will be.
How Long Do You Need Braces?
We understand that no teenager wants to spend all their high school years wearing braces. Even though they come in different colors, most patients want to spend as little time with braces as possible.
The truth is, the amount of time you will need braces can vary from patient to patient. The length of your or your child’s orthodontic treatment depends on the extent of alignment needed. Generally, we recommend starting sooner rather than later.
A full orthodontic treatment can take about 24 months on average. But there is plenty of room for variation. Patients who require only minor correction may spend as few as nine months with braces. Others who need a more thorough treatment can expect up to 30-36 months to gain the full benefits that braces have to offer.
Get Your Braces Today in Yucaipa
If the alignment of your teeth has been causing you or your child problems, then it may be worth your time to learn more about treatment options. Schedule an appointment today to receive an evaluation from Dr. Shodhan, the best dentist in Yucaipa.
During your or your child’s appointment, he will go over what your orthodontic treatment would look like. You’ll learn about a general timeline for your treatment and what end results you can expect. We are glad to answer all your questions and keep you informed every step of the way.