There are a lot of reasons that you may need to visit your dentist to get braces. But the main reason that these are recommended is to help them correct another problem with their teeth. Your dentist will be able to do a full exam of your teeth to see whether there are any concerns and then will discuss whether braces are a smart decision for you. Some of the conditions that may require a pair of braces include:
- Missing teeth
- Misaligned jaw
- Crooked teeth
- Nasal and sinus problems
- Tooth formation problems
Your dentist is the best person to talk to if you are concerned about getting braces or if these are the right dental appliance for your needs. However, there are some signs that will help you figure out whether you need to talk about this with your dentist.
There are often some subtle signs that will let you know that braces are necessary. However, it is also not uncommon for a patient to not realize that they are in need of braces until they go to a dentist appointment and their dentist tells them that these are necessary. Some of the signs that you can watch for to see whether braces are in your future, or whether your children will need braces, include:
- Pain in any part of the mouth
- Clicking noise in the jaw
- Teeth that are getting crooked or twisted
- Teeth that start to point out or in the mouth
- Overlaps or gaps in the teeth
- The bottom teeth are in front of your top teeth
- The front teeth stick out quite a bit from the bottom teeth
- The back teeth struggle to come together evenly.
- The jaw is not centered on both sides
- There are problems with swollen glands at the back of the throat
- You have a lot of congestion in the throat and nose
This list may seem long, but it can help you to have a good idea of whether it is time to look into braces to make the teeth look nicer. You can discuss any of these with your dentist to see if they recommend that you get braces put in place.
In many cases, braces will not be necessary until after the adult teeth come in. Most dentists are not going to worry about putting braces on baby teeth since they are going to fall out soon, though there are some exceptions. Not all kids will need braces, though there are some who will. The molars for the child will often come in when they are between 12 to 13 years old and it is after this time that the dentist is going to recommend braces.
Many times the dentist will recommend the patient to get their braces on before they turn 18 as the wisdom teeth will start to come in between the ages of 17 and 24. Getting the braces on before this time can make the teeth even and straight, which helps get the wisdom teeth in a little bit better. There are some cases where the patient may need to get braces when they are in their 20s, especially if some of the dental problems were ignored in the past.
While we often imagine a mouth full of metal when we think about braces, it is not always necessary for all of the teeth to get braces at the same time. In some cases, only a few of the teeth will need the work and the dentist can add the braces on to those ones. However, it is best if you have all of your adult teeth before you consider getting braces, as the adult teeth can come in differently than the baby teeth.
It will be the responsibility of the dentist to determine how many of your teeth will need the braces and how you should wear the braces. They will often make you wait until the adult teeth come in to ensure you get the right types of braces and that you will not have to go through and refix some of the same problems as before.
It is also possible that just the top teeth or just the bottom teeth are going to need braces. If only one level of teeth seems to have the problem, the dentist will put the braces on those, rather than on all teeth. If this is something they want to do with you, they can discuss how this will be beneficial before doing the procedure.
The amount of time that you will need to wear the braces will depend on the amount of work that needs to be done on the mouth and what the dentist will recommend. It is not uncommon for the patient to need to wear these braces for 2 to 3 years. If the teeth are in really bad shape, the patient may need to wear them for closer to 5 years to make the teeth look a little bit better.
Do I Need to Remove my Teeth to Get the Braces?
For most patients, it is not necessary to remove any teeth at all before getting the braces put on. The only time that this will happen is if a tooth is really damaged or it will be in the way of the other teeth getting into alignment properly. It is most common when one tooth is in the space of the other, but it is not often that the dentist will have to do this at all.
When it is time to consider braces for you or a loved one, you need to make sure that you go to a dentist you can trust. There are many dental clinics in the area, but no one will take the time to work with you and pick out the best dental procedures like Bridgewater Family Dental. Our team is excited to work with you and your whole family, providing the best in dental exams and checkups. And if braces are necessary for someone in your family, we can discuss all of the options to make sure that you take the best care of your teeth. Trust our professionals to work with you today.