By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Orthodontic treatment can benefit many people. Contrary to popular belief, orthodontics do not only work to straighten your smile for bracesaesthetic reasons. Braces can also correct bite issues to restore functionality to your smile and help make eating and chewing less difficult. But how do you know if you need orthodontic treatment? Find out with Dr. DiLizia at Dental Wellness at Dry Creek in Centennial, CO.

Do I need braces? 
There are several ways to determine if you may require orthodontic treatment. First, take a look at your smile. Do you notice that your teeth are too close together or too far apart? Do your teeth overlap? Can you see gaps between them? Now close your mouth normally in a relaxed position. Do your top and bottom teeth line up? Does the top of your jaw jut out over or under the bottom jaw? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you could benefit from orthodontics.

What can braces do for me? 
Braces repair many problems with your teeth and bite, including:

  • overbite
  • underbite
  • crossbite
  • open bite
  • misaligned teeth
  • overcrowded teeth
  • under crowded teeth

Orthodontic Treatment in Centennial, CO 
Your dentist uses a consultation including a physical examination and imagining techniques like x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. Most candidates are over the age of 12. However, treatment may begin earlier if your orthodontist suggests it. Additionally, a good candidate for braces should be fully committed to their oral health. Brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing them at least once, and seeing your orthodontist for regular check-up visits will be crucial to your orthodontic treatment plan. Failure to do these things may result in dental issues like tooth decay or gum disease which could lengthen your treatment time or hinder your final results.

For more information on orthodontics, please contact Dr. DiLizia at Dental Wellness at Dry Creek in Centennial, CO. Call (303) 773-9400 to schedule a consultation with Dr. DiLizia today!