What are the Signs and Symptoms of Braces Needed?

Do you have an overbite, crossbite, or open bite? Learn more about the signs and symptoms that indicate braces may be needed.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Braces Needed?

Do you have an upper tooth that crosses behind an opposite lower tooth? Is there a noticeable overlap between your upper and lower front teeth? Do your teeth not touch when you bite? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need braces. Overbite, crossbite, and open bite are all types of abnormal bites that can cause a variety of health and oral problems. Overbite occurs when the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth excessively. This can lead to a greater risk of trauma to the front teeth, tooth wear and tear, and gum recession.

Crossbite is an abnormal bite in which the upper tooth crosses behind an opposite lower tooth. Without proper care, this can cause asymmetrical jaw growth, extreme tooth wear, and further gum recession in the affected teeth. Open bite is when your teeth don't touch when you bite. This can cause speech problems and difficulty biting.

If you experience any of these signs, it's important to contact an orthodontist as soon as possible. Team Orthodontics at 480-759-3333 or complete the contact form below to schedule a free consultation. The orthodontist will take digital x-rays and perform an oral and facial exam before making an orthopedic recommendation. Other signs that may indicate braces are needed include teeth that are visibly crooked or clumped together, overspatting (a horizontal relationship in which the front teeth may be farther forward than the lower teeth), cross bites (in which the upper and lower teeth alternate), and crowding.

Any deviation between the upper and lower teeth is an indication that the child should be examined by an orthodontist.