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Common Reasons for Braces

There are many reasons for orthodontic treatment. From overcrowding to bite alignment issues, braces are a specialized tool to achieve the bite and smile you want. Below are a list of reasons to seek orthodontic help:

Crowding: Teeth may be aligned poorly because the dental arch is small and/or the teeth are large. The bone and gums over the roots of extremely crowded teeth may become thin and recede as a result of severe crowding. Impacted teeth (teeth that should have come in, but have not), poor biting relationships and undesirable appearance may all result from crowding.

Overjet or protruding upper teeth: Upper front teeth that protrude beyond normal contact with the lower front teeth are prone to injury, often indicate a poor bite of the back teeth (molars) and may indicate unevenness in jaw growth. Commonly, protruded upper teeth are associated with a lower jaw that is short in proportion to the upper jaw. Thumb and finger sucking habits can also cause a protrusion of the upper incisor teeth.

Deep overbite: A deep overbite or deep bite occurs when the lower incisor (front) teeth bite too close or into the gum tissue behind the upper teeth. When the lower front teeth bite into the palate or gum tissue behind the upper front teeth, significant bone damage and discomfort can occur. A deep bite can also contribute to excessive wear of the incisor teeth.

Spacing: If teeth are missing or small or the dental arch is very wide, space between the teeth can occur. The most common complaint from those with excessive space is poor appearance.

Crossbite: The most common type of a crossbite is when the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (toward the tongue). Crossbites of both back teeth and front teeth are commonly corrected early due to biting and chewing difficulties.

Underbite or lower jaw protrusion: About 3 to 5 percent of the population has a lower jaw that is, to some degree, longer than the upper jaw. This can cause the lower front teeth to protrude ahead of the upper front teeth, creating a crossbite. Careful monitoring of jaw growth and tooth development is indicated for these patients.

It’s your smile, take care of it! Making the time and financial investment in braces is a large step, but a necessary step for smile confidence and lower dental bills throughout your life. Achieving a beautiful, and most importantly, a healthy smile can actually save you money in the long run. Straight teeth are easier to maintain and prevent common issues from worsening. Take the time to educate yourself on all facets of braces and oral health. We at Sullivan Orthodontics are pleased to offer education along with execution for all of our patients.

Thank you taking the time to become a better version of you! It’s no secret that overall health has everything to do with your mouth, what’s in it, and how you take care of it. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule your complimentary consultation, please call (541) 749-2098.