Six Warning Signs
- Excessive Protrusion: Do the upper front teeth stick out too far? This is commonly known as “buck teeth” and is a common orthodontic issue.
- Deep Bite: When biting down, do the upper front teeth cover a large portion of the lower front teeth? This is called a deep bite.
- Underbite: Do the upper teeth sit inside the arch of the lower teeth? This is known as an underbite.
- Open Bite: Can your child insert their tongue between their upper and lower front teeth even when their back teeth are together? This is an open bite.
- Spacing Issues: Are there noticeable gaps or crowding between your child’s teeth? Pay attention to any crowded or overlapped teeth, as well as significant gaps between them.
- Midline Alignment: Check if the midlines of the upper and lower front teeth align with each other and with the bridge of the nose. Misalignment may indicate drifted teeth or a shifted lower jaw, which can lead to an improper bite.