Is Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?

According to The American Association of Orthodontists, at least 3 out of 4 people need orthodontic treatment. It’s no wonder why so many people want to know why orthodontic treatment is necessary

The benefits of a beautiful smile are endless, providing many life-changing benefits. 

At Risinger Orthodontics, we assist patients in obtaining a healthy, bright smile for their healthy, bright future. 

Schedule an appointment to learn more about how we help you achieve your best smile. 

When is Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?

Braces and other orthodontic treatments create the ideal environment for permanent teeth to grow correctly, providing a healthy bite, aligned teeth, and improved jaw alignment. 

Some signs why orthodontic treatment is necessary include: 

  • • Baby teeth that obstruct the growth of permanent teeth
  • • Crooked teeth that cause brushing difficulties
  • • Gapping teeth that cause sensitivity in gums
  • • Misaligned bites (Over or underbites) that cause difficulty eating and speaking

Many other factors lead to the need for orthodontic care. Scheduling a complimentary consultation is the best way to know if an orthodontic treatment makes sense for you. 

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Correct Bite Issues

A misaligned bite affects the alignment of your jaw. Occasionally, untreated bites lead to issues like TMJ (pains affecting the temporal mandibular joint and other parts of the face.) 

Orthodontic treatment addresses this pain by guiding the teeth into a better position.

  • • An underbite – when the bottom teeth protrude further forward than the top teeth 
  • • An overbite – when the bottom teeth position themselves too far back to meet with the top teeth
  • • An open bite – when a gap keeps the upper and lower teeth from meeting 
  • • A crossbite – when a crooked upper tooth positions itself behind the bottom teeth

Addressing misalignment issues through orthodontic care improves the way you eat and your bone structure. To ensure healthy tooth growth, patients should address misalignment issues as early as possible

Fix Crowding

Orthodontists highly recommend braces to reposition crowded teeth. The gentle adjustment of these teeth makes cleaning them more manageable and reduces the risk of cavities. 

Resolve Speech Problems

Crowded teeth, misalignment, and other dental problems can affect your speaking and eating. These necessary processes become easier and more natural with orthodontic treatment. 

Improve Self-Esteem

Wonky teeth keep people from embracing their fullest potential. If you hide your teeth behind a closed-mouth smile, braces can give you the confidence to smile and laugh whole-heartedly. 

Prevent Cavities & Decay

The hygiene of your teeth affects your health. Problems like gingivitis, tooth decay, and cavities occur more often in crooked teeth because they are harder to clean. Correcting your alignment with braces creates a more effective teeth-cleaning routine. 

Why is Early Treatment Beneficial?

Orthodontists recommend an initial appointment for children ages six and seven. While all children need orthodontic care at this age, others benefit from minor intervention adjustments. 

Phase 1 Orthodontics can include palatal expanders to encourage proper structuring of the bones in the mouth, partial braces, or retainers. 

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When is Orthodontic Treatment NOT Necessary?

In some forms of early development, orthodontists do not recommend treatment, especially for children without any signs of misalignment or tooth structure problems. 

You can quickly determine whether or not your child needs orthodontic treatment by visiting Risinger Orthodontics. During your complimentary consultation, our team of experts will determine if your child’s oral growth is sufficient or needs some help from orthodontic treatment. 

Get Answers to Your Orthodontic Questions Today!

Understanding why orthodontic treatment is necessary is vital for achieving a smile that brightens everyone’s day. No matter where you are in life’s journey, Risinger Orthodontics has a proven track record of helping children, teens, and adults. 

For over 52 years, we have been Glastonbury’s preferred orthodontist. Schedule a complimentary consultation now to learn more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment.