Dentist talking to the patientMost people know that braces in Windsor are used to straighten teeth. However, there are a number of different issues that can occur with the teeth and each of these needs a different treatment plan. It is rare that someone has a completely straight set of teeth, so most people can benefit from a little adjustment. In some people, more than one problem will manifest, which is why each person takes a unique journey to straight teeth guided by a highly skilled dentist.

When a patient first visits a dentist, like Old Windsor Dental Practice, for realignment, they will have their teeth assessed to see what treatment they need. After that, they may be able to choose from a range of braces in Windsor.

Common dental issues that are seen in children and adults include:

Crowded teeth

This is caused by a disparity between the size of someone’s jaw and the size of their teeth. Either the jawbone is too small for the teeth or the teeth are too large for the jaw, which leads to a crowded appearance and can lead to other, more serious issues later in life. This includes uneven wear, strain on the jaw muscles and gum disease.

Crooked/asymmetrical teeth

Most people feel more confident and attractive with straight teeth. This is because, subconsciously, we appreciate symmetry in the face.

Impacted tooth

Sometimes a tooth grows through in the wrong position. This is called an impacted tooth and it is common for wisdom teeth to become impacted. It is the result of genetics and there is no way to prevent it happening. Sometimes a space can be made with braces for a tooth to grow in normally once a dentist is aware of the problem.

Open bite

This is where the top and bottom teeth do not meet. It is common when a child has a mixture of baby teeth and permanent teeth and will often resolve itself as they gain a full set. It can also be caused by thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. If not addressed, it can led to a lisp or speech impediment as well as affecting the appearance of the smile.