Orthodontia can help, no matter your teeth’s current condition.

straight teethSome people get orthodontic treatment for cosmetic reasons. Even if you’re not worried about your appearance, orthodontics is necessary for more important reasons. The purpose of the treatment is to create a healthy bite, which will make it easier for you to chew, bite, and speak.

Why are Straight Teeth Necessary?

You may be recommended for orthodontic treatment if your teeth are crowded, spaced too far apart, meet in an abnormal way, or protrude from your mouth. Orthodontics  will stabilize your mouth by guiding your teeth into proper positions. Getting braces to get straight teeth will help you avoid many problems in the future, such as:

  • Tooth instability
  • In case of overbite, the lower teeth may grow larger than normal and cause problems to the top of the mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Jaw problems

Types of Orthodontic Problems

Overcrowding of teeth occurs when there is not enough space in the mouth for all the teeth. The jaw is not large enough to hold all teeth in their proper position. Overcrowding may cause tooth decay problems in the future if not corrected early.

Underbite is when the lower jaw sticks out, putting the lower front teeth in front of the upper front teeth. Underbite can cause an abnormality of an extended chin. Besides this cosmetic problem, underbite can also cause problems with chewing, swallowing, and speaking. It can also damage tooth enamel and in very severe cases, it can cause a disorder of the jaw joint.

Overbite occurs when the upper front teeth protrude over the lower front teeth. This can cause the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. The phenomenon is very common and orthodontists can correct it more easily in the teenage years.

Spacing issues happen when the jaw is too wide and large spaces are seen between the teeth. The spaces can be caused by missing missing teeth as well. Spaces cause problems and food gets trapped between spaces more easily, making it difficult to keep teeth clean and well maintained.

Get Straight Teeth with an Orthodontist You Can Trust

Penn Dental Medicine offers its expertise in orthodontics to people in the Philadelphia and New Jersey areas, and beyond! It’s not uncommon for clients to come from a distance to take advantage of our expertise at such low cost. If you know that you will need to get braces soon, why not consider an initial visit at one of our offices in Philadelphia? You can get an appointment by filling out this short form or by calling us at 215-898-8965.