Reasons for orthodontics treatment (braces) in adults and children
1. Breathing or swallowing problems – Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnoea.
2. Crossbite – One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
3. Crowding – Involving overlapping or malpositioned teeth.
4. Deep Overbite – The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
5. Disfigurement of the face & mouth – Affects the development of the jaw and position of the teeth. Jaw & jaw joint pain.
6. Missing or extra teeth – Due to tooth decay, injuries, or congenital conditions.
7. Overjet (protruding upper teeth) – Upper teeth that protrude excessively and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.
8. Self-image – An attractive smile can boost a person’s self-image and confidence.
9. Spacing between teeth – Teeth may be missing or there may be a discrepancy between teeth and jaw size too.
10. Speech, chewing or biting problems. Underbite (lower jaw protrusion) – Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.
11. Specific to children: Finger or thumb sucking – These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth, and mouth breathing.
12. Teeth erupting out of position – Can be guided to proper alignment. Non-eruption of adult teeth.