As permanent teeth begin to erupt at around the age of six, if you suspect teeth are not growing in straight a visit with your orthodontist will provide a preliminary indication if dental braces will be needed.
Unfortunately, as teeth grow they take up more jaw space. If teeth are small, they may all be able to fit in the jaw space available. However, larger teeth may be forced to push inward or outward creating across bite, over bite or under bite.
When this occurs a malocclusion is created. This means the top teeth do not align properly with the bottom teeth. This can lead to additional dental problems.
If overcrowding is the problem, there are solutions. Permanent teeth may need to be extracted, and with the aid of dental braces remaining teeth are relocated to their correct position.
There are more invasive solutions such as surgical options, but straightening teeth is more likely to be obtained with the aid of orthodontics.
The majority of individuals have thirty-two permanent teeth with the final four being the third molars, or wisdom teeth. These last teeth may not erupt until late teens or early twenties, or perhaps not at all.
But just because these teeth do not erupt, they most often are taking up valuable jaw space and their presence may be forcing the remaining permanent teeth to move out of alignment.
There are many positive advantages to obtaining straight teeth:
1. A beautiful smile is achieved that not only enhances appearance, but boosts your selfconfidence no matter your age.
2. Straight teeth are much easier to care for … brushing and flossing are easily performed daily that will promote excellent oral health.
3. When teeth are crooked, there are many more spaces in the mouth for bacteria to grow. These areas encourage plaque build-up that leads to dental decay, and the potential for gum disease.
4. Healthy teeth and gums are an asset to maintaining overall good health.
An early visit to the orthodontist will allow for planning a course of action. If braces are indicated, your orthodontist will make a recommendation for when to get started, how long the process will likely take, and answer any questions you may have.
Teeth won’t straighten out as they grow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t obtain a beautiful smile. Contact Bunn Orthodontic Group at 210-921-9191 for more information today.