Braces are one of the greatest dental innovations of the last century. They can be used to solve a multitude of oral and health problems but they are not a cure-all for your mandibular maladies! Here is what braces can correct and what they can not.

Crooked Teeth

girl with bracesPerhaps the best known use of braces is to correct crooked teeth. Children and adults can develop crooked teeth for any number of reasons. Crooked teeth could be a result of heredity, feeding habits and thumb sucking. The good news is orthodontic braces have been found to remedy crooked teeth to give you a happy, healthy smile.


Even more important than the aesthetic of your teeth is the functionality. Individuals with an overbite or an underbite may have trouble eating, drinking and even speaking correctly. Braces can help to reduce an overbite or an underbite to give you back the functionality you need to get through life!

Headaches and other Health Issues

Did you know that issues in your mouth can lead to other health problems? You may suffer from headaches and earaches if you don’t seek treatment for your teeth and mouth problems. These can arise from a misalignment of the patient’s jaw. Why not ditch the tylenol by fixing your smile and your headaches at the same time!

What Braces Can Not Fix

While braces are great for correcting an overbite or straightening out teeth. There are some issues that arise from wearing braces. Here are some things to stay on top of while you undergo orthodontic treatment.

Tooth Decay

A series of metal brackets and wires on your teeth may do wonders to correct your smile but they are also perfect traps for bits of food and plaque. That is why it is absolutely imperative that you maintain a strict home care regimen when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Remember to brush and floss every day. Your orthodontist should provide you with floss threaders so you have no excuse for neglecting the gaps between your teeth!
Visit your dentist today to explore your orthodontic options!