How Do I Know if I Need Braces?

Orthodontist serving Stapleton, Denver, Cherry Creek & Nearby Areas of Colorado

In most cases, the need for braces will be obvious. Crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and a misaligned bite are all common reasons that people seek out braces. Sometimes, a person’s bite problems are so severe that they cause physical pain, but others may have such mild symptoms that they don’t realize they need teeth straightening.

Even if you are able to chew and eat easily, or you aren’t bothered by the appearance of your smile, braces may be important for your health. A badly aligned bite can make your teeth wear down prematurely, and twisted teeth can force food to get stuck in small crevices, eventually leading to tooth decay.

If you have any of the following problems, you should probably be evaluated by an orthodontist:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Jaw discomfort
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Speech or breathing problems
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Protruding teeth

Our experienced Denver orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman can examine your bite to identify whether or not you are a candidate for braces. Some milder cases of gapped teeth and tooth crowding are often correctable using Invisalign®, a convenient alternative to traditional metal braces.

If you have further questions about braces, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Rudman. Cherry Creek Orthodontics serves patients in the Denver and Stapleton areas of Colorado.

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