5 Telltale Signs You Need Braces

5 Telltale Signs You Need Braces

One of the first things a person notices about you immediately is your smile. Your smile leaves a longer impression on others than you would like to admit. So having a healthy and beautiful smile is necessary to leave a long-lasting and positive impression on others. And if you have problems like crooked teeth, etc., don’t worry; there is a solution for that. That solution is getting braces.

Braces not only align and straighten your teeth but also provide many other oral health benefits. But how can you be sure that you should get braces or not?

Well, here are five telltale signs that you can look for that indicate that you need braces.

1. Too Much Space Between Teeth:

If you find excess or more than normal space between your teeth, it is a sign that you should go for braces. If there is too much space between your teeth, it can cause several dental or oral health issues. The most common reason for an excess gap in teeth is tooth loss. With an excess gap in teeth, you will face difficulty in eating and chewing. And if not treated, it can negatively affect the functioning of your jaw and bite. If you get braces, you can easily avoid these problems by adjusting the spaces in your teeth.

You might get confused about whether you should get clear braces vs metal braces and which is more effective. For that, you must consult an expert orthodontist in your area. Many orthodontists recommend getting metal braces, as modern metal braces are light and comfortable and are proven to manipulate tooth movement to adjust the teeth and jaw accordingly.

2. Overbite and Underbite:

Have you noticed your top or upper teeth slightly overlapping your bottom teeth? If so, it is known as an overbite. And, of course, everyone has it, and it is completely normal and healthy until it isn’t. A slight overbite is a normal and needed thing, but if you have a significant overbite, that will cause serious oral health problems for you. And it is best if you fix this problem with braces. The simple way to observe this sign is to see how much of your lower or bottom teeth you can see when you bite down. If you can’t see much of your lower teeth, i.e., if too much of your bottom teeth are covered by your upper teeth, you have a severe overbite. This can result in your teeth wearing out earlier than expected, plus other dental problems.

Another situation opposite to this one is called underbite, where your bottom teeth overlap your upper teeth. In case of an underbite, you will find chewing very hard. Also, it leads to a distorted facial appearance and quickens the aging of your face. Thus, it is of utmost necessity to fix this problem with the help of braces.

3. Overcrowded Teeth:

If you have overcrowded teeth, you can resolve this problem by getting braces. Overcrowding is the most common cause of people getting orthodontic treatments done. Overcrowding of teeth means there is little to no space in your mouth, which means your teeth don’t have enough space to line up properly. As a result, you will see your teeth are tightly packed togetherand overlapping one another. Fixing this problem with braces is not only for aesthetic purposes, but you also need to avoid the oral health issues overcrowding can cause.

Of course, if your teeth are too close together, you will find difficulty in brushing or flossing your teeth properly. The food you eat will get trapped frequently in your closed teeth, resulting in bad breath, cavities, and gingivitis. Similarly, the plague will start building up as there will be more out-of-reach areas in your mouth that you can’t properly clean. Also, if your front teeth are overlapped or crowded, it can seriously hinder your confidence and self-esteem.

4. Mouth Fatigue:

This one is perhaps one of the most subtle signs that you need braces. In general, notice how your mouth feels after you eat or after you have been speaking for a few minutes. If you frequently feel that your mouth gets very tired very easily after these or other similar tasks, then you might have a jaw-related oral issue. The thing worth mentioning here is that even if we find out there is some problem with our jaw, we still don’t think braces are the solution. But most of the time, these problems can be easily corrected with the help of braces.

Due to alignment issues, you will feel your jaw feels constantly achy, tired, or stressed; thus, braces are the ultimate solution for this kind of jaw pain. Some people notice their jaw makes clicking sounds when talking or chewing etc. this can lead to chronic jaw pain and, in the long run, it can lead to seriousailments like TMD disorders.

5. Teeth Biting the Inside of Your Mouth:

When your teeth are not correctly aligned, you will find your teeth constantly biting the inside of your cheeks or the roof of your mouth. If this becomes a much more frequent occurrence,then not only can this lead to discomfort, but it can also cause damage to the tissue. When you bite inside your mouth, you will suffer from painful mouth sores. You will feel your mouth is still not resting even when you are resting your mouth. All this means your natural oral resting position and tooth alignment arenot quite perfect, and you need to do something to fix this concern.

Getting braces will elevate this problem for you. Mostly we associate getting braces with children or teens, but in reality, not only do adults get braces, but they also need braces. There is no age limit for fixing your dental problems and getting braces. In fact, over a million US adults have braces. As an adult, you become better aware of your health and learn not to ignore anything, even if others might call it a minor problem or a coincidence, just like biting the inside of your mouth frequently.


Who does not want to have confidence and impress people withtheir personality? Certainly, everyone wants this. But a crooked smile can come in the way of achieving this goal. Thus, it is important to take care of your smile; for that, you need to fix some common oral health problems. The most common solution for beautifying one’s smile is braces. They straighten and align your teeth perfectly to give you a healthy, beautiful smile. So here are five telltale signs you need to observe to know whetheryou need braces or not.

Rohit Raina
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