Do You Need Your Bite Adjusted?

When patients visit us for a consultation, many are surprised to learn that we do more than just straighten teeth for aesthetic purposes. Many children and adults also need their bite corrected to prevent problems with their oral health now and in the future. A misaligned bite is also referred to as malocclusion. This occurs when the upper and lower jaws and teeth do not line up properly.

Is There A Perfect Bite?

At The Best Braces, we often hear new patients explain that they want their smile to look perfect. Each person’s idea of perfection is different. When treating patients with orthodontics, we are looking to perfect a person’s bite. Your bite is the way your top and bottom teeth come together when the back teeth are touching. So, is there a “perfect” bite?

Complications A Bite Problem Can Cause

At The Best Braces, we have a number of orthodontic treatments that can improve not only the aesthetics of your teeth but the state of your oral health as well. We want to help patients improve issues with their oral health that may be impacting their daily lives or leading to serious problems with their oral health in the future. One problem that patients may not realize can affect their oral health is an issue with their bite and the alignment of their teeth.

Is Straightening Teeth For Cosmetic Reasons Only?

When patients first visit our office to learn about orthodontic care, the majority of individuals, adults and children alike, are interested in learning how orthodontic treatment can enhance the appearance of their smile. While orthodontic care can improve the appearance of your teeth and your self-esteem, orthodontic treatment is often needed to fix the placement of teeth as a way to improve oral health. Here are some non-cosmetic reasons for orthodontic treatment:

The Link Between Your Posture And Your Jaw

We live during a time when it is very easy to have poor posture. We have so much working against us. Sitting slouched over working at a computer, constantly looking down at your phone, and endless hours of driving all contribute to problems with posture. Posture is the way you hold your body. Having poor posture can lead to a number of complications with your overall health, such as back pain, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders, a hunched stance, spinal dysfunction, and much more. In fact, poor posture can even affect your teeth and jaw.

Why Do We Recommend An Evaluation For Young Children?

Has it been recommended that you take your child to be evaluated at an orthodontist, and you are surprised because of their age? Long gone are the days when only teenagers and adults received orthodontic care. With the advancements in orthodontic treatment and technology, we have learned that children benefit most from being evaluated and starting treatment at the age of 7. We also think it’s important to note that not every child who visits our office for an evaluation will need to start treatment immediately. Some may need treatment now, while we might monitor others to determine whether they will need treatment at a later time.

The Most Common Bite Issues

At the Best Braces, we are happy to treat patients of all ages. We treat children, teens, and adults and help them restore the placement of their teeth and repair any issues with jaw development. One common issue we see with many of our patients is a concern with a bad bite, which is also referred to as malocclusion. This refers to the way the teeth meet each other when your upper and lower jaws are touching. Issues with bite are best treated as soon as possible, so it’s important to know what you are looking for because there are a variety of bite issues that one can have.