One of the biggest challenges faced by our patients is knowing when to get in touch for treatments.
One particular treatment we routinely advise patients about are clear braces and how they can actually provide a lot of benefits to them as adults, either as fixed or removable braces. So with that in mind here are a few signs to keep an eye out for that might indicate that you should get in touch with us for clear braces in Clapham.
Perhaps one of the most noticeable signs that you may need to come in for braces is if you’re having problems speaking or if you’re stumbling and stuttering around words or phrases. Another indication is if you are making a pronounced whistling sound while you’re talking with others.
These issues crop up because your misaligned teeth are essentially restricting your jaw’s ability to move and sound out the right parts of the words effectively. After going through a realignment with clear braces in Clapham patients usually find that these problems become less noticeable and are easier to manage.
Crooked or crowded looking teeth
Another fairly noticeable sign that you should consider braces is if your teeth look crooked or crowded in sections of your mouth. Because our teeth naturally move as we age you may not notice this issue for several years, that’s why at Clapham South Dental Centre our team will keep on top of your progress as you get older and we will take you through any realignments in a safe and professional manner to help you regain that straight smile you deserve.
Problems chewing or breaking down food
Our teeth play a big part in how our bodies digest food and any poorly aligned teeth can negatively impact your overall health. This is because whilst you eat your food is broken down into manageable bite sized chunks that your stomach can then easily digest. However, misaligned teeth can lead to larger chunks slipping through that are harder to break down, so your body needs to spend more time working its way through it, which is why you can feel bloated and full for longer or experience regular bouts of indigestion.
Recurring jaw problems or pain
Although it may not seem like it, having crooked teeth can cause a number of jaw and mouth problems if left untreated. This is down to how you bite, because with straight teeth the amount of pressure that’s placed is spread evenly throughout your mouth, whilst any crooked teeth can cause an unequal amount of force to concentrate in certain areas.
Over time this can lead to chronic pain and aching of the jaw and the surrounding muscle, as well as potentially opening your teeth up to fracturing and cracks from all the pressure they’re put under. A realignment with a brace can help redistribute the force around your mouth to help ease this.
These are just a few signs that you may need a brace. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms then do not hesitate to get in contact with our practice so we can get you on the path to a healthy straight smile.