Discover the 10 reasons why kids need braces.

Some doctors over-prescribe or make premature diagnoses with braces…It’s unfortunate, but there are bad apples in every orchard.

However, the vast majority of the time (90%) there is a very legitimate, clinically documented, and visible reason why some kids, as young as eight, need orthodontic treatment and care. When this happens, we call it malocclusion.

Malocclusion is mostly genetic.

Malocclusion – Malocclusion is a fancy term for all things related to misaligned teeth; teeth growing angled, crooked, and into a too-crowded space.

10 Reasons Why Kids Need Braces

The following list of orthodontic problems is one of the most common reasons kids need braces. If your child is suffering from any of the following problems, consider having these concerns addressed by an orthodontic specialist:

1. Crossbites:

A crossbite is one of the main reasons why kids need braces. Crossbites occur when the jaw deviates to one side with an improper fit of the upper and lower teeth from left to right or front to back.

Crossbites can lead to worn and chipped teeth, jaw pain and asymmetric growth of the jaws. Left untreated, the crossbite will require more extensive treatment later in life and significant jaw surgery in the most severe cases.

Crossbite of the back teeth where the top teeth in the back fall inside the bottom teeth crossbite of the back teeth where the top teeth in the back fall inside the bottom teeth

2. Thumb-sucking:

Thumb-sucking habits beginning at the age of seven or older, can be one of the main reasons why kids need braces at a young age. Thumb sucking habits should be corrected immediately to prevent severe jaw and tooth alignment problems.

3. Permanent teeth that are growing into the wrong spots:

For example when the canine teeth grow in high.

4. Underbites:

When the lower jaw sits forward of the upper jaw.

5. Open bites:

When the front teeth don’t touch.

6. Deep bites:

When the top teeth in front overlap the bottom teeth excessively.

7. Overbites:

Where the front teeth on top stick out too far.

8. Other bite problems

9. Severe crowding with permanent teeth erupting into poor quality gum tissue

(This patient has canine teeth growing into poor quality tissue)

10. Missing permanent teeth:

The patient picture below is missing an upper front tooth.