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Have you ever wondered if you need braces? You may have straight teeth, but did you know that braces are worn for more than cosmetic reasons. Often times, patients get braces because they have a common orthodontic problem that is negatively impacting their oral health. Not sure if you need braces? Check out the six signs that you may need braces. If any of the signs apply to you, we encourage you to book your free consultation with Hidden Braces Boutique. During your consultation, Dr. D will create an orthodontic plan and determine whether any action is necessary.

Bite Illustration for Crowding

1. Crowding

Crowding is the most common condition addressed in orthodontic care. When there isn’t enough space in your mouth for all of your teeth, then you are experiencing crowding. Braces or orthodontic treatment at a young age can help with crowding, but even patients that had braces when they were younger can experience crowding as adults. Crowding gets worse as time goes on and
can result in areas that are very difficult to brush and floss. When you aren’t able to keep your teeth clean, plaque accumulates and can cause tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and bone loss around the teeth. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about crowding because it can be fixed with adult braces! Dr. D has dealt with thousands of crowding cases. He can repair any damage that has already been done and avoid any future problems.

Bite Illustration for Gapping in Teeth

2. Gapping & Spacing

Some celebrities and models flawlessly pull off gaps or spaces in their teeth, but if you don’t dig yours, let us help! Gapping and spacing is the opposite of crowding. Those who have gaps in between their teeth may be missing a tooth or have a large jaw.

Bite Illustration for an Overbite

3. Overbite

An overbite is caused when the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower front teeth. This is not only noticeable, but also comes with many health and oral problems. There is an increased risk or trauma to the front teeth and likelihood of fracturing the front teeth in the case of an injury. Overbites can also lead to extreme tooth wear and gum recession.

Bite Illustration for an Underbite

4. Underbite

Opposite of the overbite, the underbite occurs when all of the upper front teeth are behind the lower front teeth. Typically this occurs when patients have a disproportionate jaw size. If you have difficulty chewing and biting, you may have an overbite. Overbites can also cause accelerated facial ageing and an imbalanced facial appearance.

Bite Illustration for a Crossbite

5. Crossbite

Do you have an upper tooth that crosses behind a lower opposing tooth? If so, you may have a crossbite. This is an abnormal bite and should not be left untreated. Without proper care a crossbite can cause asymmetric jaw growth, extreme wear of teeth and increased gum recession of the affected teeth. Crossbites can be fixed, but if you wait too long, there can be an inability to restore fractured or worn teeth.

Bite Illustration for an Openbite

6. Openbite

Another type of abnormal bite is the openbite. If you bite down and your teeth don’t touch, you could have an openbite. Typically open bites cause speech problems and difficulty biting.

If you’re experiencing any of the above signs, you should call Hidden Braces Boutique at (480) 248-7123
or fill out the contact form below to schedule your free consultation. During your consultation, Dr. D will take digital x-rays and complete an oral and facial examination before making an orthopedic recommendation.

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