How to Determine if You or Your Child Needs Braces

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There are many characteristics in a smile that might need orthodontic treatment, but how do you know if you have any of them? Well, now is the time to find out! Braces are a reliable and successful orthodontic appliance that gradually shifts and changes your smile throughout time. It is a great tool if you wish to transform your smile in any way. Generally, teen and adult patients need braces if their smiles have one or more of the following characteristics:

• Crowded teeth
• Crooked teeth
• Missing teeth
• Extra teeth
• Gaps in their smile
• Overbite or underbite
• Improper jaw position
• Jaw joint problems

Children with the following smile characteristics can also benefit from braces:

• Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
• Crowding or crooked teeth
• Habits that include biting the cheek
• Difficulty biting or chewing
• Gaps in the smile
• Jaws and teeth that are disproportionate to the rest of the face
• Jaws that shift or make sounds
• An overbite or underbite

Call our office today if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how orthodontic treatment can transform your smile. We look forward to helping you achieve your oral health goals!