What If I Don’t Get Braces?

Posted On: April 8, 2017


Fry Orthodontic Specialists is committed to providing you with the best quality care to ensure a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Sometimes patients ask, “what if I don’t get braces?” This is a great question! We hope the information below is a helpful starting point.

There is a strong aesthetic component to getting straight teeth, but scientific research has also shown that a beautiful smile improves your self-esteem, enhances the quality of your relationships, and improves your success at school and work.

Dental Hygiene
Teeth that are sideways or overlay each other may cause unusual wear of tooth surfaces and make it difficult to keep teeth clean. Plaque buildup on teeth can cause problems like cavities and gum disease.

If you have missing teeth, proportionally small teeth, or wide gaps between your teeth, these issues may affect the functioning of your bite and jaw. Overcrowded teeth may continue to shift and cause further damage to the alignment of your teeth.

Misalignment of the Jaw
Misalignment of the jaw may result in abnormal stress on gum tissue and damage to the bone that supports the teeth. Bite issues may cause difficulty in chewing, which can lead to tight and strained muscles and frequent headaches.

Early intervention can make it easier to address these dental issues but it is never too late to get braces! With the latest technological advances braces take less time. The average Fry patient wears braces for just 15 months. We’ll help you consider the options that best meet your needs: from metal braces, to clear braces, to Invisalign.

Schedule a free consultation at one of our convenient locations in Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Prairie Village, Blue Valley, Ottawa, Atchison, Hiawatha, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Gladstone, Platte City, Leavenworth, or Northland. Visit our online request form for an appointment or contact our main office at 913-469-9191 or 816-877-0050.