Who needs braces??
You may benefit from braces or other orthodontic treatment if your teeth or jaw structure do not fit together properly. This is referred to as malocclusion or a bad bite and orthodontic appliances may be necessary to straighten your teeth and promote ideal function. Malocclusion can cause speech difficulty and premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel. It can even increase the chance of injury to your teeth and jaw joints if left untreated. The following dental challenges often need braces or other orthodontic treatment.
An underbite is when your lower jaw extends out causing your lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth. This may be the result of genetics, trauma to the jaw, or even disproportionate growth and braces could help tremendously.
If you have spaces in between your teeth, they may be caused by missing teeth or might only be a cosmetic issue. Braces are used to close spacing and improve aesthetics.
The poor appearance and/or function of your teeth could be the result of your upper front teeth protruding. Protrusion is characterized by your upper teeth extending too far forward or your lower teeth not extending far enough forward.
When your teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum it could result in crowding. This can be corrected by expansion and, many times, tooth removal can be avoided.
If you have a crossbite, your upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth. Having a crossbite may result in tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth. Braces can address these issues.
An overbite is where your upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth. This can cause your lower front teeth to bite into the roof of your mouth.
Proper chewing is impacted by an openbite, in which your upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. This may be caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Open bites often result in poor speech and may cause discomfort.
Asymmetrical midlines are often present when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may result in poor jaw and dental function.