Oral health issues can happen to anyone, and braces to help stabilize the mouth are some of the most common combatants against them. At Redwood Orthodontics, we have a wide selection of ceramic braces and other formats to help you or your child with a pressing dental issue.

What are some of the signs that you or your child might be in serious need of braces or other preventive treatment in the mouth? Let’s take a look.

Crowding

Particularly in children, crowding is the most common reason an orthodontist is typically seen. Crowding means there isn’t enough space in the mouth for all the teeth – teeth crowd up on each other and create crooked teeth areas.

Crowding tends to get worse and worse with time, and can make brushing and flossing very difficult. Over a long enough time frame, crowding can lead to plaque accumulation and resulting tooth decay, odor, gum disease and even bone loss around the teeth.

Overbite

An overbite is a vertical and horizontal overlap of the front teeth, the severity of which can vary. Overbites can cause increased risk of trauma or fracture, and can lead to complications with restorative work.

Crossbite

Crossbite refers to a situation in which the upper tooth is behind the lower opposing tooth. It causes major chewing issues in some cases, and if left untreated, it can lead to gum recession, asymmetric jaw growth, excessive wear or fractures and the increasing inability to restore teeth that have undergone this wearing or fracturing.

Underbite

When all the upper front teeth are behind the lower front teeth, this is referred to as an underbite. It’s usually associated with disproportionate jaw size, and it can lead to an imbalanced facial appearance, accelerated facial aging and trouble with biting and chewing food.

Openbite

An openbite is a situation where the front teeth do not touch. It’s a common cause of lisps, and can also lead to many biting problems.

The right braces can help correct each of the above issues. To learn more, speak to the staff at Redwood Orthodontics today.