Signs That You May Need Braces

Signs That You May Need Braces

If you have noticed an uneven bite or crookedness in your teeth, you may be wondering if you need braces. While these are two key indicators that orthodontic treatment is needed, there are quite a few different signs to watch for. Continue reading to learn about some of the most common signs that you may need braces.

 

Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth are typically one of the most common signs that you are likely in need of orthodontic treatment.

 

Crooked teeth occur as a result of any number of reasons, including:

 

  • Insufficient space in the mouth
  • Facial injury
  • Jaw size
  • Jaw not properly aligned
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Pacifier use/thumb sucking

 

Crooked teeth increase the risk of tooth decay, as it is very difficult to get between the spaces to clean. They may also lead to self-esteem or confidence issues for the individual.

 

Crooked teeth can be treated with braces, and after treatment has been completed, the patient will enjoy a straight and even smile that they will be excited to show off.

 

Gaps or Spaces in Smile

If there are irregular gaps or spaces in your smile, you may be an ideal candidate for orthodontic treatment.

 

Gaps in the teeth may occur due to the following reasons:

 

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Pacifier use/thumb sucking
  • Incompatible jaw and teeth size
  • Thick frenum (tissue that connects the upper lip to the gum tissue)

 

Gaps or spaces in the smile can be treated with braces by pulling the teeth together and into a more ideal position.

 

Underbite or Overbite (Malocclusion)

An underbite occurs when the lower teeth protrude farther than the upper teeth.

 

Patients with an underbite experience protruding lower teeth. In severe cases, the lower arch of teeth protrudes extremely far forward and away from the upper arch of teeth, causing the patient’s condition to be very visibly noticeable.

 

An overbite occurs when the upper arch of teeth protrudes farther than the lower arch of teeth. In the case of an overbite, the two front teeth tend to be very visibly noticeable, even when the patient is not smiling.

 

Overbites and underbites are not only aesthetic issues; it is quite common for patients with malocclusion issues to experience pain or discomfort with chewing or biting, as well.

 

Malocclusions can be corrected with orthodontic treatment, allowing the patient to enjoy a beautiful and functional smile.

 

CaliSmile Orthodontics: Best Orthodontist in Encino and West Hills, CA

The best way to determine if you are a candidate for braces is to undergo a consultation with your trusted orthodontist. For the best orthodontic treatment in Los Angeles County, trust in CaliSmile Orthodontics.

 

Dr. Amir Dehghan has over 17 years of experience practicing both cosmetic and orthodontic dentistry. He will work with you to achieve the smile of your dreams.

 

CaliSmile Orthodontics has locations in both Encino and West Hills, California. We offer both traditional fixed orthodontic treatment and Invisalign.

 

For a free orthodontic consultation in one of our Los Angeles County dental offices, give us a call anytime at 310-710-6527 or fill out our online appointment request form.

 

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