You’re never too old to be fitted for a dental brace. Even though it may seem like something primarily used for children, (because they’re still growing so it’s easier to shape their teeth), there are still some benefits to having an appointment for braces in a St John’s Wood practice as an adult.
Sadly some patients still miss out on the benefits of a brace because they are unaware that they even need one. So with that in mind, here are a few signs that you may need to book an appointment for help realigning some troublesome teeth.
Perhaps one of the most noticeable signs that you may need to seek out an appointment for braces is if you’re having problems eating or chewing. This can be either from pain or if you’re struggling to break your food down properly.
Not breaking down your food due to poorly aligned teeth can cause all sorts of digestive issues, as your body takes longer and has to work harder to dissolve the larger chunks of food. So you may end up feeling bloated and full for longer or suffer from regular bouts of indigestion and acid reflux.
Teeth that look overcrowded or crooked
Although it may sound fairly obvious, some patients are still unaware of the dangers that crooked or crowded teeth pose if they aren’t realigned to a much straighter position. This is because they can create gaps and hard to reach places in between your teeth and gums, it’s much easier for tartar, plaque and bacteria to build up between these spaces. This then leaves you more susceptible to infection, inflammation and diseases such as gingivitis.
Problems with certain words or phrases
Another sign that you may be better off with a brace is if you have speech problems and are struggling to say certain words or phrases. This can manifest itself in tripping over vowels in words, lisping or a pronounced whistling sound when you speak.
Realigning your teeth should help diminish or potentially eliminate these issues over time.
Chronic jaw problems
When we bite into something our jaw exerts pressure over our teeth and if they are straight then this force is equally distributed across your mouth with no problem. But, if there are any crooked teeth then the pressure is unevenly placed in specific areas, which can lead to feelings of recurring pain, aches or popping and crackling noises when you eat or talk. You may also encounter cracks appearing in your teeth from the strain they’re being put under.
Over or under-bite
Everyone has a small over or underbite to an extent, but in cases where there’s an excessive amount of space between the lower or upper teeth, then a brace can help reshape this gap into a tighter and neater position.
These are just a few signs that you may need to see a dentist about realignment. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms then contact your local dental practice to get on the path to a straighter smile.