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Are you currently wondering if you need braces? If so, answer these two questions: Is your smile less-than-straight? Does the state of your teeth and jaw cause you discomfort? If you answer “yes” again, you should talk to your dentist about getting braces. People wear braces for two reasons—aesthetic and oral health.

Aesthetic:

Braces push teeth into a straighter formation and align jawlines by applying constant pressure, usually over a period of one to four years. As your teeth shift, your orthodontist will periodically tighten the wires to maintain that pressure. If you properly care for your teeth during this time, when the braces are removed, you will have a noticeably straighter, whiter smile. Some people opt for braces on only the upper or lower portions of their mouths to straighten overlapping teeth.

Oral health:

If your mouth requires braces, then the formation of the teeth and jaw are probably jeopardizing your oral health. Crowded, crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean, which increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If your jaw is out of alignment, you may have an overbite, underbite, open bite or crossbite. Each of these jaw positions put stress on your teeth, making chewing difficult. Depending on the severity of the condition, they can cause constant discomfort and may result in the loss of enamel and or the development of a TMJ disorder.

As always, talk to your dentist about seeing an orthodontist for braces. Carlos A. Tamayo DDS Inc. specializes in both dentistry and orthodontics, so you don’t have to worry about switching doctors. Dr. Carlos A. Tamayo will help you find the best orthodontic treatment for your mouth. You can contact him at 805-483-9567 or visit our facility in Oxnard, California.