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The Signs That You Need Orthodontic Treatment

September 28, 2022

The importance of having straight teeth that look great, feel comfortable and function well cannot be overstated. Although the first reaction to needing braces or aligners may be about cosmetics, the treatments offered by the orthodontist at Hudson River Orthodontics go way beyond looks. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean, which protects your oral and overall health, as well as make eating more pleasurable and improving digestion. That’s why some 50 to 70 percent of children in the U.S. receive orthodontic treatment before they reach adulthood, and 20 percent of the overall population receiving care are adults. 

The good news for the people of all ages who require our care is that we have more options than ever before, and our treatment can often be accomplished in less time and less noticeably than in the past. Whether it’s traditional braces, lingual braces placed behind the teeth, or clear aligners, advances in techniques and materials mean you’ll achieve that healthy, beautiful smile more comfortably than ever.

If your teeth look crowded or visibly crooked, that’s probably the clearest sign you need orthodontic treatment. Here are a few other things to look for:

  • Are your upper and lower teeth not closing over each other properly?
  • When chewing, does your jaw feel tired, make clicking or other sounds?
  • Do you often bite into your tongue, the inside of your cheek, or roof of the mouth accidentally while chewing?
  • Does it feel like you have a hard time pronouncing some sounds because of where your tongue is positioned in your mouth?
  • Are you having a hard time cleaning between your teeth with a toothbrush or dental floss?

These are just a few of the signs our orthodontist at Hudson River Orthodontics

looks for during an initial evaluation. You owe it to your child — and yourself — to have a beautiful, healthy, long-lasting smile. Please contact us today for an appointment!

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