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Five Signs that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

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LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

Five Signs that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

Although these fall in no particular order of importance, I’ll highlight five signs you may need braces, regardless of your age.

You may need braces if…

1.) You have an uncomfortable bite.Does your bite feel funny? Do you bite down and your teeth don’t fit together? Do you bite down and have a big space between your upper and lower teeth (an overbite)? Can you put your tongue between your upper and lower teeth? If you answered, “yes,” to any of these questions, you may need braces. You may also feel comfortable eating and chewing, bit that large space between your upper and lower teeth puts the teeth in a position where they can’t protect themselves that well (in addition to being unaesthetic).

When the teeth fit together nicely, they protect themselves as you move your jaw forwards or backwards. When you have a large overbite, the teeth aren’t protected. Another bite issue is an underbite. Your lower teeth stick out further than your top ones. With an underbite, it’s hard to chew, and your teeth are susceptible to trauma and damage.

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Best Option for Gum Recession

Gum recession occurs when a margin of tissue wears away from a tooth and exposes its root. Receding gum line could be an early sign on gum disease. When a gum line recedes, gaps form near the gum line and teeth. The gaps make it easier for bacteria to build up. The bone structure and supporting tissues will cause major damage if the receding gum line is left untreated. As a result, the tooth may need to be removed.

Why Do Gums Recede?

Periodontal diseases are gum infections that damage supporting bone and gum tissues that keep the teeth in place.

Aggressive brushing also causes gum problems. Teeth should never be brushed the wrong way or too hard because improper brushing makes the gum line recede and wears away enamel.

Inefficient flossing and brushing also allows plaque to turn into tartar. Tartar is a tough substance that must be removed by a professional. It builds up in between the teeth, which causes a receding gum line.

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