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We’ve all asked this question before or considered at some point going to see an orthodontist. For most people, orthodontic treatment is all about aesthetics, however, to an orthodontist it’s much more important than improving your smile (although that’s still important!). And don’t think that these apply only to kids because anyone can get braces, including adults! Keep reading to learn about several signs it’s time to get braces or contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics if you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule an appointment with us.

You Have Gaps Between Your Teeth

Nobody likes having buck teeth, but you can have gaps between any of your teeth not just your front two teeth, and when that happens it can cause some pretty serious dental concerns. Having gaps between your teeth means it’s easier for food particles to get in between your teeth, mix with bacteria, and turn into plaque.This is the worst enemy for your teeth and can lead to cavities and later, tooth loss. Teeth that are spread too far can also lead to an overbite or an underbite which can lead to pain in the teeth and jaw. Some of the main causes of gaps in the teeth are genetics, oral tissue formation, and habits like thumbsucking.

Many people are under the impression that their gaps are too big to close or that they’re too old for their teeth to move back into place. This is certainly not the case and teeth can move just as well in adults as they can in children. And no matter what caused the gaps, they can be closed with braces. Gaps can increase your risk of gum disease because the gum tissue is more prone to plaque and will become inflamed.

You Have An Uncomfortable Bite

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there living with an uncomfortable bite and seem to think it’s a pretty normal thing to have. However, if it’s uncomfortable when you bite down, that could be a sign of much bigger problems like an overbite, underbite, misaligned teeth, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Braces will help you with all of these. Pain while biting can be present in either the join, anywhere in the jaw, teeth, or gums.

Teeth Are Crowded

The alternative to there being gaps between your teeth is your teeth being too overcrowded. When this happens, it makes it much more difficult to brush or floss your teeth correctly and you’ll often be left with issues maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Braces will bring your teeth back in line and space them adequately so that brushing and flossing is a breeze. Overcrowded teeth also don’t look the best in pictures, so if nothing else, you should get them fixed for that reason!

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

Getting braces is much cheaper and easier than you may think it is. Simply schedule an appointment with your local San Francisco orthodontists and we’ll get you set up with your choice of braces in no time.