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Should I Get Braces?

Do I Need Braces?

As far as I can remember, I’ve always had crooked teeth, and watching people flashing their perfect smile used to make me wonder if I’d be able to smile confidently one day. But, according to my mom, the ‘crookedness’ of my teeth is a part of my innocent personality, and that I shouldn’t do anything about it. My mom and I never considered getting braces for me when I was a child, and as I grew, I began to embrace my not-so-pretty smile.

Having Crooked Teeth as a Teenager

At 16 years old, I felt a sharp pain in my teeth, and I immediately booked an appointment with my dentist. It turned out that I had plaque and cavities in a lot of my teeth. Then my dentist said something that left me surprised. ‘Why haven’t you got your braces yet?’ I asked, ‘Do I need braces?’. He replied, ‘Most definitely, yes!’ I reassured him that I was perfectly happy with how my teeth looked and I didn’t need anything to fix them.

The Impact of Straight Teeth on Oral Health

My dentist told me braces could give me straight teeth and could correct my bite. Moreover, having straight teeth and your bite aligned contribute to proper oral hygiene. It’s hard to brush and floss when your teeth are crooked. When plaque builds up in your mouth, it causes cavities and infections. So, visiting your orthodontist to get braces or Invisalign® clear aligners is key.

He told me that there are many reasons to get braces. Orthodontic problems like the ones mentioned below can cause excess wear and tear of your teeth, gums, and jaw muscles. What is more, you can have speech and swallowing issues. Therefore, you should visit your orthodontist to get braces if you want to enjoy good oral health.

Most Common Malocclusions

Underbite—when the lower teeth overlap the upper ones while smiling.

Overbite (deep bite)—when the front teeth bite too far down over the lower teeth, sometimes covering the lower teeth completely.

Crossbite—when your top and bottom teeth do not come together or bite in the correct position.

Open Bite—when there is a space between upper and lower teeth.

Spacing—where there are gaps or irregularly spaced teeth along the dental arch.

Overcrowding—where there isn’t enough room in the mouth resulting in crowded, overlapping teeth.

In my case, I had overcrowded teeth. I went home and did my research. To my surprise, I was already suffering from headaches, plaque, and chewing problems that I didn’t know were due to my overcrowded teeth. My dentist suggested that my condition could get worse with age if I didn’t get braces to fix my overcrowded teeth.

Looking for the ‘Best Orthodontist Near Me’

Undoubtedly, I told my mom about my conversation with the dentist. After that, I typed on my phone ‘best orthodontist near me’ and Dr. Maria Yazji was my number one google search result. She’s a 5-star reviewed orthodontist in Weston, downtown Miami, and West Miami. Without wasting time, we made an appointment with Dr. Yazji to get my braces on as soon as possible, she’s the best orthodontist near me so, it was easy to go for braces checkups along my treatment.

Getting Braces

My orthodontist told me that to fix my overcrowded teeth I could choose to get metal braces also known as silver braces, ceramic braces (clear braces), 3M Incognito hidden braces (lingual braces) or Invisalign® aligners. I chose the most common type: regular metal braces.

I won’t lie; the first few days after getting my braces were horrible. Eventually, I got used to them, and I was fine. Seeing my teeth move little by little into the right position was very exciting.

After the first three times I got my braces adjusted, I experienced a little pain like a slight discomfort but nothing I couldn’t bear. I felt a constant pressure on my teeth, and I guess this pressure is the force that pushes teeth back into their place.

I had braces for two years and now my smile is perfect. Getting braces with Dr. Yazji was the best decision I could make. She was very patient and accommodating with my busy schedule.

So, if you are like me looking for the ‘best orthodontist near me’, wondering whether you need braces or not, come and visit Dr. Maria Yazji and get a free smile consultation with one of the best orthodontists in town.

About the Author Maria Yazji

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