Many people experience an improperly aligned bite. The term for this is “malocclusion,” which just means that your teeth don’t line up comfortably when your jaw is closed. This can be caused by a number of factors, including a jaw that is too small or too large for children, injury, and more.
One solution for malocclusion is to get braces, but determining whether you need braces is not always as easy as putting your teeth together and feeling whether your bite aligns. People may develop all sorts of habits and jaw positions that make their teeth sit more comfortably even when their teeth don’t align well.
So what are some of the signs that you may need orthodontics? Here, the office of Dr. Steven Harrison explains.
Problems With Loss of Baby Teeth
Some people will experience an irregular loss of their baby teeth. They may lose their teeth early, late, or sporadically. When a child loses their teeth early and the adult teeth still take a bit to come in, there may be so much space available that the adult teeth spread out. The opposite may happen if the child loses their teeth late — adult teeth may start erupting and crowding with adjacent baby teeth.
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Problems with Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth may happen for many reasons, but sometimes they simply come in that way. If you have crooked teeth, braces are the orthodontics solution. Left untreated, crooked teeth can cause difficulty chewing and an unflattering smile.
You Have a Chewing Habit
Restless chewing can be a good sign of an uncomfortable bite. People who experience this may chew on the inside of their cheeks or have a habit of chewing on the tips of their pens or other objects. If this sounds like you, it may be time to contact an orthodontics office.
Dr. Harrison: Orthodontics You Can Trust
Have you experienced any of the above? What about your child? The three circumstances described above are all good indicators that braces may be the orthodontics solution for you. But if you don’t want to leave it to your own judgment, call the office of Dr. Steven Harrison at the Parkcrest Dental Group. Dr. Harrison has a long-established reputation in the area for compassionate orthodontics, and he and his team would be happy to help you achieve a smile you can always be proud of. Reach our office at 417-262-5515 or fill out our online contact form.