Orthodontic problems are a lot more common than you might think. If they weren’t, then more than one million Americans and Canadians wouldn’t have to wear braces every year, then the U.S. dental implant and prosthetic market wouldn’t be projected to reach $6.4 billion by 2018, and then 2.3 million implant-supported crowns wouldn’t be made each year.
Spaced teeth is an issues that happens when there’s too much room in the jaw for the teeth, which creates large gaps between each one. Not only can this be an unattractive problem, but a gross one, too, since food can get stuck in these gaps.
A crossbite is when some of the teeth fit inside the teeth of the other arch, while others fit outside. This makes it difficult to chew, and can cause increased wear and damage on the teeth that do crossover.
Crowding happens when there’s not enough room in the mouth for the teeth. There are two general solutions to this issue. First, teeth can be removed. With fewer teeth in the mouth, there will obviously be more room in the mouth for the other teeth. Second, it’s also possible to expand. Expansion would obviously create more room for the teeth, making it a perfectly sufficient solution to crowding.
Those who think they may be suffering from any of these issues should ask their general dentists to recommend a local orthodontist who can provide them with the solution they may need, such as Invisalign, for example. Even if you don’t think you have an orthodontic issue, and just want a more attractive smile, you should still visit an orthodontist, as they can perform other cosmetic dental procedures, such as teeth whitening, which 88.8% of orthodontic patients actually request.
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