Does my child need braces? Do I need braces? Sometimes it can be obvious if you or someone you know needs orthodontic treatments, other times it may be more difficult to tell. The best thing to do is have an initial evaluation by age 7 which will allow the orthodontist to take advantage of future growth potential and properly guide the eruption of the permanent teeth. However, even as an adult there are still orthodontic treatments that can correct your bite and align your teeth.

Anterior Crossbite

In the front of the mouth, one or more of the top teeth is stuck behind the bottom teeth.

Anterior Crossbite

Posterior Crossbite

In the back of the mouth, one or more of the top teeth is stuck inside the bottom teeth.

Posterior Crossbite

Crowding

There is not enough room for all of the teeth to fit in the mouth.

Crowding

Diastema or Spacing

There is spaces or gaps between the teeth.

Diastema or Spacing

Open bite

The top and bottom teeth do not touch.

Open bite

Deep bite

The top front teeth cover the bottom teeth, and often times the bottom teeth may even bite into the roof of the mouth.

Deep bite

Protrusion

The top teeth are too far forward. This is commonly referred to as 'Buck Teeth.'

Protrusion

Underbite

The bottom jaw is too far forward, giving a bull-dog appearance.

Underbite

Midlines are Off

The middle of the top teeth and the middle of the bottom teeth do not line up. This is often a sign that the bite is off in the back as well.

Midlines are Off

Improper Eruption Path

The teeth are not following the normal development. They damage adjacent teeth, and erupt out of normal alignment.

Improper Eruption Path

Impacted teeth

Teeth that get stuck in the bone and are unable to come into the mouth on their own without orthodontic treatment.

Impacted teeth

Missing teeth

Missing teeth can results from a tooth was lost due to trauma, or sometimes people are just born with one or more missing teeth.

Missing teeth

Facial Imbalance

The top and bottom jaws do not line up properly. 'Class II' can mean the top jaw is too big, or more commonly, the bottom jaw is too small. 'Class III' in most people means the top jaw is too small but it can also mean the bottom jaw is too big.

Facial Imbalance

Abnormal Tooth Wear

If teeth are not aligned properly, some teeth can be worn down faster than others creating tooth sizes that look uneven.

Abnormal Tooth Wear

Gum or Periodontal Problems

Misaligned teeth puts extra stress on the gums which can cause them to recede.

Gum or Periodontal Problems