Are you considering orthodontic treatment, and you’re not sure exactly what to expect? Are you curious to know how your smile will look when your braces come off? Correcting your smile’s misalignment can be an investment. However, when you have an understanding of what it can do for your confidence and your oral health, you will begin to realize why it is worth it.
Before and after photographs are an excellent way to assess how your teeth will look once your orthodontic treatment is complete. At Leiker Orthodontics, our smile gallery includes an array of photographs depicting the progress of multiple cases. We can explore the cases of several patients who had problems similar to yours, demonstrate how their bites were corrected, and show you their final result.
To book a consultation at Leiker Orthodontics of The Woodlands and Conroe, TX, call 832-510-6678.
Before Braces: Different Types of Malocclusion
There are a number of reasons people choose to undergo orthodontic treatment. Because each case is unique, treatment will be different for everyone. If you need braces, chances are, you have one of these types of malocclusion:
- Overbite: This condition occurs when the upper teeth extend past the lower teeth when you are in a closed position. Also referred to as a deep bite, this can cause the lower teeth to touch the roof of the mouth in extreme cases.
- Underbite: You have an underbite if your lower teeth extend beyond your upper teeth.
- Open bite: This is characterized by a space between the upper and lower front teeth when you bite down.
- Crossbite: Typically, the upper teeth sit just outside of the lower teeth when closing down. If the opposite is true in any area of the mouth, you have a crossbite.
- Rotation: This condition is characterized by a tooth that is turned or tipped out of its proper position.
- Crowding: Sometimes the jawbone is too small for the number of teeth you have. If this is the case, the teeth will be crowded.
- Spacing: Some people develop large gaps between the teeth.
- Protrusion: Sometimes referred to as “buck teeth”, protruded front teeth are flared outward. These teeth are more susceptible to trauma.
- Uneven midline: The line between your upper and lower front teeth should line up with the bridge of your nose and the point between your eyebrows. If this line falls to the right or left, it can affect the function of your bite.
If you notice any of these characteristics in your own smile, orthodontic treatment could be the solution for you. Whether your issue is mild or severe, we can find an option that will improve the health, aesthetics, and function of your pearly whites.
After Braces: Things You May Notice
Fast forward 12 to 24 months. You’re about to have your braces removed! So, life will be exactly the same as it was before braces, right? Well, there are a few things that will look and feel a bit different. Here are a few things you may notice:
- Brushing and flossing is way easier! When your teeth are in alignment, you won’t need any specialized brushes or floss threaders to get the job done.
- Your teeth might feel strange. After all, you’ve had metal on your teeth for over a year. You’re used to running your tongue over brackets and wires. Now, your teeth will feel smooth and slick.
- No more food restrictions! By now, you’re used to avoiding crunchy, sticky, hard foods. But now that your braces are off, you can celebrate with your favorite treats.
- You may have calluses on the inside of your lips. These typically develop when you first get your braces on, but they are generally unnoticeable until your braces come off. Not to worry, though. Any calluses should go away on their own over time.
When you invest in braces, you are doing more than simply straightening your teeth. In addition to a beautiful, brilliant smile, you are improving your oral health and chewing function.