When it comes to straightening teeth, braces are quite effective. Although they take time to show a result, once it starts taking place the change is undeniable. Braces help out more than people think. They prevent dental erosion, improve general oral health and can also prevent dental erosion. However, there are a lot of precursors to getting braces. Teeth can be misaligned due to a lot of reasons. Unlike what most people think, teeth usually settle in a certain fashion, depending on where they are for a long time. This means some items we use to help us during the day and also as we sleep can contribute to the teeth misalignment which leads to getting braces. Here are a few common precursors to getting braces: Night Guards For people who do a lot of teeth grinding and clenching, a night guard can provide great relief and also prevent you from harming yourself as you sleep. However, due to budget constraints, some people buy them from online stores such as Amazon or Wal-Mart. Although they are a cheaper option, they have been made using a one size fits all ideology. Therefore, they might not fit your teeth as perfectly as you would want. Since teeth can move, over time they will take the shape of the night guard. Since the night guard wasn’t specifically made for your teeth, they can cause the teeth to misalign which will mean you will have to get braces. Overlapping Teeth When teeth overlap, it can bring a whole host of problems for your mouth in general. When they overlap, it becomes harder to practice decent dental hygiene such as decent brushing and flossing. Because of this, food particles set in these spaces and cause plaque, cavities and gum disease. To handle this problem, getting the braces is crucial so that the teeth can be aligned the way they are mean to be. Braces are crucial to an amazing smile and also help your mouth retain a certain standard of oral hygiene. If you have been feeling your teeth aren’t properly aligned, getting braces can be the only way to help relieve the pressure and get your teeth back in line. If you have any concerns about this and anything else concerning braces, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us; we’ll make sure you have all the answers you need.