What Are the Signs that Braces May Be Needed?


Many children grow up needing braces. It’s rare if a child grows up with perfect teeth. The good news is that you’ll likely be able to choose the type of braces you want on your teeth. Traditional braces include metal brackets, ceramic brackets, and porcelain brackets. You also have the choice of self-ligating braces, lingual braces, and removable teeth aligners, better known as invisible braces.

Many people want removable teeth aligners, but these options aren’t always available if your teeth are severely misaligned. Removable teeth aligners straighten teeth just like traditional braces do, but they aren’t uncomfortable. People with removable teeth aligners can eat and drink whatever they’d like during treatment. These types of braces also make it easier to floss and brush your teeth.

Signs that Braces May Be Needed

  • Crooked Teeth
  • Teeth out of Proportion
  • Jaw out of Proportion
  • Crowding Teeth
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Open bite
  • Deep bite
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Difficulty Biting
  • Misplaced Teeth

Causes of Abnormal Teeth

Many babies suck their thumb when they’re born. This is the most common reason for braces. Stopping this habit as soon as possible is important. If children don’t stop this habit by the time they’re six or seven, they’ll need braces. By this age, their adult teeth start to come in. Some teeth issues are genetic as well. Mouth breathing, accidents, poor nutrition, and decay is also a reason why people may need braces.

Benefits of Braces

Not only will your child have a perfect smile after they get their braces removed, but your child will also receive positive health benefits as well.

Health Benefits

Reduces Tooth Decay

Tooth decay takes place when food gets caught up in your teeth. Even if you take care of your teeth, the tight spaces that are caused by crowded teeth make it harder to remove food. When food gets stuck in your teeth, it causes plaque. When plaque builds up, you’ll likely have a cavity. Having crowded teeth makes it easier to have your teeth decay in the future.

Reduces Gum Disease

Gum disease is often caused when food gets stuck in your teeth, the same thing that causes tooth decay. When you have crowded teeth, it’s also harder to get dental floss up to your gum line. When it doesn’t get up there all the way, food stays there, and it’ll cause gum disease.

Halts Bone Erosion

Having teeth that aren’t normally aligned can cause issues with bone erosion. The alignment of your teeth has a big impact on the pressure that’s placed on your jaw bone. When you speak and chew, the pressure on your jaw bone increases. When a number of pressure increases while you eat, your teeth may hit other teeth. When this happens, it can slowly erode your bone.

Improves Speech

The alignment of your teeth can impact speech. If your teeth are too far back or too far forward, you’ll have a hard time producing words.

Prevents Dental Injuries

The chance of dental injuries increases if you ever get in a car accident. Specifically, protruding teeth are the biggest concern in a car crash. You’re more likely to bite your tongue and cheeks if you have misaligned teeth as well.

Halts Bad Habits

Once braces get removed, you’ll notice that your bad habits will stop. Bad habits such as sucking your thumb, chewing on items and licking your lips will come to a halt. While braces are on teeth, you can’t eat certain foods such as popcorn and candy. Not only will braces make people have a beautiful smile, but it’ll stop unhealthy or bad habits as a result.

Early Treatment

Children should have their first orthodontic examination when they’re seven. Early treatment will prevent overbites, crowding and bone erosion. If children don’t receive early treatment, it’ll cause skeletal discrepancies and asymmetries.

Part Two Treatment

Phase two treatment begins after your first treatment. This treatment step begins after their adult teeth come in. In this stage, children will likely need braces on their top and bottom teeth to correct alignment.

Full Treatment

Full treatment is for adults and children. This stage means that you’ll likely need braces on your top and bottom teeth. This treatment consists of the previous treatments combined into one.

Choose Us

If you, your child or anyone you know needs to see an orthodontist, Papandreas Orthodontics is the only place in North Royalton, Ohio you should consider. Our office is the number one Invisalign provider in North America. We also have a facility located in Brunswick, Ohio.

During your appointment, our orthodontist will let you know the type of braces that will be best for your teeth. Removable teeth aligners will remain on your teeth longer compared to other types of braces. Most braces must stay on your teeth for one to two years, depending on the condition of your teeth.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers, and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

What Are the Signs that Braces May Be Needed?

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092


14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585