The short answer is ‘No’. But, in much the same way a broken bone doesn’t need resetting…it’s highly recommended for your long-term health and not just aesthetics.
Your teeth affect more than just your smile and confidence – they affect the health of your entire mouth, bone structure, as well as other parts of your mouth. We are in the business of making sure your mouth is in perfect working order, and if your teeth are crooked or your bite is misaligned, there are more side effects than just aesthetic discomfort. Braces aren’t just about giving you the smile you’ve always wanted (though that is a fantastic benefit!). In much the same way as a broken bone, it’s about making sure everything is in place so you don’t develop problems down the road.
Misaligned teeth can result in excessive plaque build-up, which can contribute to gum disease. More abstractly, if a cross-bite is severe enough, it can actually lead to gastrointestinal problems as chewing is the first step in the digestive process. The structure of your jaw can also be compromised, and the jaw has the amazing ability to place anywhere between 55 and 268 pounds of pressure – that’s not pressure you want exerted improperly because it can lead to further damage.
Thankfully, since you were a child the dental industry has made fantastic strides in technology which means you can avoid metal mouth! One of the most common concerns for adults who are candidates for orthodontic correction is a mouthful of braces, appearing juvenile and unsightly.
A newer alternative to metal braces are clear or ceramic brackets. While still physically adhered to the teeth, they are far less noticeable and offer nearly identical benefits to traditional metal brackets and wires.
Additionally, Invisalign is an even more subtle option that is preferred by many adults. Unlike metal or ceramic braces, nothing is adhered to your teeth at all! Instead, you receive a custom fit tray that is changed every two weeks; each time being modified slightly to gradually adjust any misalignment issues.
An often overlooked, but equally viable option is Veneers – an instant fix to many aesthetic issues. This will not correct any health issues relating to crooked teeth, but if your problems are strictly aesthetic and you just want a quick boost to your confidence, Veneers may be your answer. Veneers are extremely thin porcelain covers that are adhered on top of your teeth. They are symmetrical and white and everything you want for your perfect smile. However, Veneers do not fix any cross-bite issues and your misaligned teeth are still just below the surface. Although it is a viable cosmetic procedure, not everyone is a good candidate for Veneers and may instead need something that is actually corrective.
So do you need braces? Maybe not, but it could be an invaluable investment in your oral health and your confidence. Straightening your teeth doesn’t have to mean a mouth full of metal; now you can get it done with style.
Miami Orthodontist Group
Miami, FL 33176