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What are some of the indications that braces might be required?

  • The upper front teeth protrude significantly over the lower teeth, or are “bucked” (there is excess overjet)
  • The upper front teeth cover most of the lower teeth vertically when taking a bite (deep bite)
  • The upper front teeth are aligned inside or behind the lower front teeth (cross bite or under bite)
  • The upper back teeth fit inside the lower back teeth on at least one side (posterior cross bite)
  • The upper and lower front teeth of a person do not meet when they bite (open bite)
  • The teeth are rotated, crowded, or overlap
  • The center of the lower and upper front teeth are not aligned
  • Thumb-or-finger-sucking habits that continue beyond six or seven years of age
  • Problems in chewing caused by poor “bite” of the teeth
  • Excessive or uneven wearing of teeth
  • Shifting of the lower jaw to a side when biting
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Significantly prominent teeth that causes gum recession
  • Baby teeth that are not falling out or which come in the way of new adult teeth

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