What are some of the signs that orthodontic treatment may be needed?

by on May 5, 2017

Some of the well-known signs that orthodontic treatment might be needed include:

  • Upper front teeth that protrude excessively over the lower teeth (excessive overjet)
  • Upper front teeth that cover too much of the lower teeth when biting together (excessive overbite)
  • Upper front teeth that are behind or inside the lower front teeth when biting (underbite)
  • Upper and lower front teeth that do not touch when biting together (open bite)
  • Crowded or overlapped teeth
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Upper and lower teeth whose center line do not match up
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Teeth that are wearing unevenly or excessively
  • A jaw that protrudes or recedes
  • Facial imbalance
  • Early or late loss of teeth during childhood
  • Finger sucking, tongue thrusting, during childhood
  • Ongoing jaw pain

Other problems involving the jaw or teeth