Have you had a slight overbite ever since you can remember? If you have had the same dental condition for years, you are probably used to it and may think that there is no need to seek treatment. However, some dental issues can develop into larger problems the longer they are left untreated. For example, a teenager with an underbite may become an adult with weak, worn, damaged lower teeth enamel. Similarly, even slight overbites can eventually cause damage to your teeth and gums. This is why, it may be time to reevaluate your dental health and take steps to improve your smile.
1. Eliminate Tooth or Jaw Pain
One of the best reasons to seek treatment for dental conditions is the fact that doing so could reduce or eliminate your tooth and jaw pain. Crooked and crowded teeth and incorrect bites can cause a variety of uncomfortable issues, including:
- • Tooth or jaw pain and pressure
- • Lower teeth cutting into the roof of the mouth or upper gums
- • Upper teeth pressing down on lower teeth
- • Painful chewing caused by improperly aligned teeth
Without treatment, these conditions could get worse over time, exacerbating the pain and making the root cause more difficult to fix.
2. Address Personal Appearance and Emotional Issues
A person’s smile can say a lot about them. The ability to smile widely helps create a sense of camaraderie between people and lets a person genuinely display their emotions. Crowded, gapped, or protruding teeth can greatly affect one’s appearance. Also, teeth that fit together incorrectly can cause awkward-looking smiles, and an overbite or underbite may also make it difficult for a person to close his or her mouth.
Unfortunately, these problems can lead to emotional issues. Dental issues can be a source of teasing in children and lead to poor self-esteem for people of any age. In many cases, individuals who are unhappy with their teeth tend to smile less or feel the need to cover their mouth while smiling, laughing, or eating. For adults, poor dental health can make one appear much less polished and professional. Taking care of your dental conditions will show that you are invested in your appearance and oral hygiene. Working toward a brighter, straighter smile can also boost self-confidence and overall happiness.
3. Embrace Preventative Care
There is a reason that dentists advise patients to brush, floss, and schedule check-ups regularly. Preventative care is key to oral health, and regular check-ups can help catch small problems before they become major issues. As a bonus, seeking an early evaluation typically results in a less invasive treatment and shorter treatment time. It can also help correct speech, bite, or swallowing issues. Interceptive treatment may be recommended in children to help create room for new teeth or reduce the risk of trauma to their front teeth.
When it comes to a dental condition that may require an orthodontist referral, do not delay. Unlike our hair and nails, teeth do not grow back. It is important to protect your teeth and gums through both preventative care and specialized treatments. Treating a crooked smile or incorrect bite now can help avoid countless problems in the future. Plus, delaying treatment could mean needing emergency care or being unable to fix the problem without major intervention.
For children in particular, early treatment can be essential. However, addressing dental conditions early is important at any age. As mentioned above, underbites and overbites can cause a host of problems if left alone. As another example, crowded and gapped teeth can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. It is possible to help these conditions with proper maintenance at home, but many people find it difficult to floss or brush thoroughly. If you count yourself in that category, consider talking to your orthodontist about straightening out your smile with braces, Invisalign, or other treatments.
To get started, contact Goldenberg Orthodontics for a free consultation. We recommend early screening for children around age seven, to best monitor and care for incoming adult teeth. Feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 862-8580 for more information.