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For some, it may be obvious that braces are in their future, but for others, figuring out if they need braces can be complicated. In many cases, you’ll need to tune in to your smile and take notice if everyday tasks are difficult to perform or if you’re struggling with discomfort. Sometimes, patients may have what seems like a perfect smile, but under the surface, there is an issue that needs to be addressed. So, if you’re asking yourself, “How can I tell if I need braces?” let our experts weigh in on some helpful ways to know for sure.

Look at Your Smile

Take a close look at those pearly whites.  Your need for braces can be obvious as soon as you look in the mirror. You may find your teeth don’t line up properly, your top teeth protrude in front of your bottom teeth, or your bottom teeth protrude in front of your top teeth. All of these scenarios could mean a trip to an orthodontist is necessary. You may also notice you have some crowding or spacing issues, making it difficult to properly clean between your teeth. These issues are good indicators that you should get examined by an orthodontist.

In these more obvious situations, it can be easy to tell if braces are in your future, but for some, it may not be as black and white.

Discomfort or Difficulties

For some, there can be subtle signs that not all is right in the mouth. Less obvious signs you may need braces can include difficulty performing certain everyday tasks. Issues to watch out for include:

  • Problems with biting and chewing
  • Speech difficulties
  • Frequent biting of the cheeks and tongue
  • Feelings of pain in the jaw

Pain and discomfort in the jaw are often a solid indicator that braces are in your future. If you’re experiencing pain, or if your jaw is shifting and making sounds, it’s a good idea to look at your options for orthodontic treatment. If you don’t correct issues with the jaw as early as possible, pain and discomfort can worsen over time and surgery may be your only option in correcting the situation.

See an Orthodontist

If you’re unsure about whether or not you need braces, take a trip to the orthodontist. This is your chance to be evaluated by a professional who can discern if you need braces and how severe your issue is. Once it is determined that orthodontics is needed, they can then speak to you about your options for treatment. This is the perfect time to voice your concerns and find answers to any problems you may be having.

Not everyone will have the same indicators, so while it may be a no-brainer for some that they need braces, others may need a bit more help. When in doubt, turn to the experts. Get a proper evaluation and find the right solution for your situation.

The team at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists is ready to help you get a spectacular smile! Call (843) 4-BRACES to get started.