What Are the Signs that Braces are Needed?

What Are the Signs that Braces are Needed?

March 6, 2023  |  braces
A little girl with braces smiling

There is nothing more beautiful than a stunning smile! 


For many people, braces are necessary to get the dazzling, straight, and comfortable teeth they dream of. However, braces are not the right fit for everyone.  


Everybody has different teeth, and all teeth have different needs.  


If you have ever wondered if you need braces, then you are in luck!  


Shine Orthodontics has put together this quick guide to help you identify whether you need braces to get your teeth looking their best.  


Check out this inside look at life with braces! 


Keep reading to learn more about how you can spot the telltale signs of a mouth that needs braces.  

Do I Need Braces? Shine Orthodontics is Here to Help in Lebanon, Chillicothe, and Maineville 

Braces are extremely effective for straightening teeth and fixing other orthodontic issues. Braces will result in a set of comfortable teeth, easy chewing, and a smile that speaks for itself.  


So, how do you know if you need braces? Here are some classic signs that braces may be right for you. 

Having to breathe through your mouth regularly 

Not just when you're running hard or when you want to. When you have to breathe through your mouth, or you struggle to get oxygen.  

Having a hard time chewing food 

Chewing shouldn’t take all day, and it shouldn’t be uncomfortable either. If you can’t chew easily and effectively, braces might be right for you. 

Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth 

Your dentist or orthodontist will advise you on when it is a normal time for your children's baby teeth to fall out. Irregular baby teeth loss may mean braces are the right fit.  

Adult teeth came in late 

If your adult teeth are not coming in after they should, then braces may be necessary for proper tooth development.  

Teeth that meet abnormally or do not meet at all 

Your teeth should be straight and touch one another comfortably. If this is not the case, then braces might be a must.  

You have an overbite or an underbite 

Your top teeth should sit comfortably over your bottom teeth. If your bottom teeth are in front (underbite) or your top teeth sit too far in front (overbite), then you may need braces.  

Missing or extra teeth 

Your teeth should expand to fill the space of your gums evenly. If you are missing teeth, or have too many, getting your teeth to fit comfortably can be a challenge.  

Crowded, blocked out, or misplaced teeth 

Your teeth should sit evenly in your mouth. If there are gaps, blocked teeth, or teeth in the wrong spot, braces are needed to get your teeth in the proper spot.  

Your jaw or teeth are out of proportion with the rest of the face 

If your jaw or teeth are out of proportion with the rest of your face, braces may be needed to make slight adjustments. 

Shifting or incorrect jaw placement 

Your jaw placement plays a big role in determining how your teeth work together. Braces can help correct your jaw alignment. They can also help with disorders of the jaw joint. 

Constantly biting your cheeks or the roof of your mouth 

If your teeth are in disarray, you can end up chronically biting your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, or other vulnerable areas.  


Keep in mind, aligners are another option for some people. In a future blog we will be discussing the benefits of both. 

Shine Orthodontics is Your Orthodontic and Braces Specialist in Lebanon, Chillicothe, and Maineville 

Braces are not the right fit for everyone, but many people do need braces if they want teeth that chew food efficiently and deliver a beautiful smile. 


If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look, or you have noticed some of the signs listed above, then it is time to reach out to Shine Orthodontics and discuss whether braces may be right for you. We always offer a complimentary orthodontic exam.  


For a better smile that Just Shines, reach out to Shine Orthodontics today! 


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