Braces are a great option for correcting several dental issues. These issues include overcrowding, misalignment, spacing, and overbites and underbites. A lot of people like braces because of the aesthetic change that they can make, however, braces can also fix non-aesthetic issues that are pertinent to the health of your teeth and jaw. Braces help to bring your teeth into proper intercuspation, which means that your teeth will align properly over one another. Read on to learn more about how orthodontics can help jaw alignment from Dr. Christopher Murphy and Dr. Lisa Peter Howard at Southern Maine Orthodontics.
An overbite or underbite has an impact on how your jaw is positioned. The jaw extends outward because the teeth are misaligned when one has an underbite. When one has an overbite, the chin may look weak, and the lips may protrude from the face in a harsh, unflattering manner.
Braces can correct the misalignment of both the teeth and jaw, bringing the jaw back into a more favorable position. This is beneficial to the overall look of your face and it can also help in improving problems related to overbites and underbites.
However, maintaining your treatment once your braces are off is crucial. Most of the time, braces are worn anywhere from six months to three years depending on the length of treatment. It is very important that patients maintain their results by wearing their retainer nightly once treatment has concluded. This will also ensure that your smile will remain beautiful for years to come.
Improving your smile with braces can also help increase your confidence along with your health. As always, if you have any questions about braces treatment please feel free to contact our office. We are here to help!