Do I need braces?

Today, moms, dads, singles and kids of all ages use orthodontic appliances for straightening their teeth, improving their smiles, correct their bites and reducing dental health issues. It’s interesting to note that more adults than ever before are opting for braces. Dental devices and techniques have improved greatly, and orthodontists can help to find perfect solutions to improve your condition. As an adult, you’re probably wondering whether you’re a logical candidate, what your options are and how the process works.

Orthodontic Appliances (OA) are for Adults Too

Many people know they need dental work, but they often put it off because of time, money or other activities. When they get around to doing something about their situation, they are often adults. However, even adults or moms can straighten out their teeth or correct a dental problem that’s causing health issues.

Since the 1990’s, the number of adults wearing dental appliances has dramatically increased by 24 percent. Today, a million adults wear dental appliances to increase their self-esteem, improve their appearance and correct teeth irregularities.

Who is an Orthodontic Candidate?

There are a number of dental conditions that are easily resolved with orthodontics. If any one of these conditions describes your situation, you might be an ideal candidate.

• Crooked or over crowded teeth known as malocclusions. Malocclusions conditions are common and are frequently the reason why people wear braces to make corrections. Typical signs include overcrowding of teeth, overlapping teeth, a protruding bite or teeth sitting at an angle.

• Problems with teeth spacing is another common scenario that can affect health issues. Poor spacing is indicated by unusual gaps between one or more teeth or exceptionally small or large teeth and missing teeth. These issues frequently result in jaw or bite problems.

• Many adults suffer from an incorrect bite. Common variations include a crossbite, underbite or overbite. Crossbites occur when upper teeth fit improperly inside your lower teeth and may cause facial asymmetry. Underbites and overbites happen when you bite and teeth do not line up properly for a nice even bite.


• Correcting malocclusions reduces problems associated with proper cleaning, gum diseases, tooth decay, cavities and abnormal wear on enamel.

• Reducing or improving space issues not only improves your appearance, but it may resolve headaches, earaches or migraines associated with pain occurring in the joints of the jaw (TMJ).

• Incorrect or misaligned bites can easily be corrected to resolve decaying food issues and other problems, which lead to plaque buildup, tooth loss, dental abscesses, gingivitis or periodontal disease.

• Regardless of which dental problems you work to correct, you’ll benefit by fixing potential health issues, gaining a better smile and feeling good about yourself.

How the Process Works

After conducting a routine checkup, your dentist may recommend you see a professional who is specially trained in orthodontics when you have malocclusions, space issues or a misaligned bite. An orthodontist receives extra training above and beyond that of a dentist, and he specializes in solutions for these types of problems.

To evaluate if orthodontic brackets are needed, you’ll have an initial consultation where your orthodontist takes your dental and medical health history and perform a clinical examination. In addition, he may take impressions of all your teeth, x-rays and 3-D images. He’ll decide what the best course of action is and recommend treatments when warranted.

Once a treatment has been determined, you’ll likely discuss:

• The recommended dental device for your treatment.

• How it works to resolve or correct your particular problem.

• How to wear and care for your dental appliance and teeth.

• How many office visits may be needed for your course of treatment.

• Costs associated with the treatment.


Dental appliances are all custom designed for each individual, so you’ll get an excellent fit. Your doctor will suggest the type of device that works best for your needs, which is also the least noticeable.


Metal orthodontic brackets are made from stainless steel. They are typically attached to the front area of teeth. They do an excellent job of reshaping teeth and correcting bite issues.


Invisalign is a newer product approved by the FDA as another option for metal brackets. Each device is constructed of clear thermoplastic type materials and designed for a custom fit to your very own teeth. They come highly recommended for realigning teeth.

These are worn on the bottom row of teeth and do not contain ceramic or metal properties that may irritate gums and cheeks. Patients enjoy the idea that Invisalign devices can easily be removed while eating or brushing their teeth.

Expert Care

Nalchajian Orthodontics offers an opportunity to receive expert dental care from a Fresno orthodontist or Clovis orthodontist with an evaluation concerning needing braces to have a more attractive appearance and a stronger bite. Patients can choose between two experts at Nalchajian Orthodontics facilities, including:

Dr. Greg Nalchajian
Dr. Nicole Nalchajian

All ages of patients are welcomed at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn if plastic aligners or metal braces are necessary to straighten teeth or decrease unsightly gaps. Call to schedule an appointment today, or contactNalchajian Orthodontics with an online form.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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