Do You Need Braces?

Woman smiling with braces

Do you have an uncomfortable bite? When you bite down, do your teeth not quite fit together? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may need braces. Thankfully you can receive treatment with braces at dental practices across London, including at Hermes London Dental Clinic in Victoria.

Bite Issues

When the teeth fit together nicely, they protect themselves as you move your jaw. When you have a large overbite, the teeth aren’t protected. Another bite issue is an under-bite. This is when your lower teeth stick out further than your top teeth. With an under-bite, it’s hard to chew and your teeth are susceptible to trauma and damage.

Food Issues

Does food often get stuck between your teeth? If so, it may mean that you have a ‘food pocket’, which forms when you have a small space between one tooth and another. That space causes food to get stuck when you’re chewing and grinding, especially when doing so particularly strongly with tough or hard foods.

If you don’t floss often, it may sit there for days or weeks. In the meantime, bacteria attack this food and create the perfect area for plaque to live in. You then develop problems like cavities and gum inflammation.

Braces are an effective way to close these ‘food pockets’ and help you get rid of a gappy smile.

How to Get Your Smile Back

While a smile is the best thing you can wear, some people find themselves self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. If crooked or misshapen teeth make you want to hide your smile, braces could be the answer. If you have any of these concerns, you could improve your smile and confidence levels hugely with the vast array of braces that are available today- fixed metal braces aren’t your only option.

What Sort of Braces Are Available?

If you require minor changes to your bite, you may benefit from the convenience of removable aligners. They are almost invisible and are designed to fit around your lifestyle.

For more serious bite issues, lingual braces could be the choice for you. They benefit from being hidden from view, as the brackets are placed on the inside of the teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable.