Why Kids Need Braces

Are braces something created by orthodontists to make money?

Like the extra-charge-DisneyFastPass-version of dental care for children?
Does anyone really 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 clearly 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.

Malocclusion can be a single tooth, a few teeth, or the whole mouth. While it is mostly hereditary, (blame your child’s grandparents) there can be other causes too, like early, loss of primary teeth, chronic thumb-sucking, or an accident.

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Ten Reasons Why Kids Need Braces

The following list of orthodontic problems are some of the most common reasons why 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 back fall inside of the bottom teeth

Anterior crossbites are a major reason why kids need braces


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

Posterior crossbites are another reason why kids need braces


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 in order 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.

Extremely crowded teeth

4. Underbites – when the lower jaw sits forward of the upper jaw


5. Open bites – when the front teeth don’t touch

Open Bite

6. Deep bites – when the top teeth in front overlap the bottom teeth excessively

Deep Bite

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)

Dental Crowding

10. Missing permanent teeth
(This patient is missing an upper front tooth)

Missing permanent teeth

Do All Kids Need Braces?

Let me be emphatically clear…

We are not in the business of putting braces on any child who doesn’t need braces. Our office should not be seen as a braces store.

We’re in the business of helping kids and families get this right – to get the right braces (if any are needed), and have a perfect smile and as few oral health problems as possible.

This is about making sure patients are informed (which is why we wrote this guide).

In our office, you’re never told what to do. You’re provided with real information (no medical jargon meant to confuse you) and all your options are explained..

Some kids DO need braces, but not all kids

…and typically no two kids need the same type of braces either.

Some kids are better served by other orthodontic treatments instead of braces. It is our job to figure out what is or isn’t needed and what options are best (or if there even is a need for your child to have them).

Now, when is the best age to get checked for braces? Read Chapter 2 to find out!

Schedule a Free Orthodontic Consultation For Your Child

You can schedule a 100% free consultation for you or your child with Premier Orthodontics to find out:

  1. If your child needs braces
  2. When they should consider getting braces

An initial exam and consultation is 95% about getting your major questions and concerns answered directly from a professional, like: :

1. Does my child need braces?
2. What costs should I expect?
3. How long will the treatment take?
4. And any other questions you may have.

No concern is too embarrassing to bring to us.


"I just started taking my 5yo here and he needed a lot of work. The staff here has done an awesome job of making him comfortable during some tough procedures. After 3 pretty intense visits, he still walks right in with a smile."

Curt S.

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"Dr. Coles is a fantastic orthodontist who cares about his patient well-being. It’s a great feeling to look forward to every appointment. I have complete confidence in Dr. Coles and his staff and have recommended him to my friends. My mom recommended orthodontist, Dr. Coles to me and it was the best decision of my life. I am highly satisfied with my care and treatment!"

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"I can’t say enough good things about premier orthodontics. The staff and orthodontists are amazing. They explain step by step procedures and I completely trust them. I can’t Thank them enough for what they’ve done for me!"

Annette P.

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"Dr. Coles and his staff are caring and professional! I would definitely recommend this office for any orthodontic needs. My son, daughter, and myself are former and current patients. State-of-the-art office with wi-fi, water and cookies in the lobby. It’s a pleasure coming here!"

Dana P.

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"From the consultation until the completion of my daughter’s treatment, everyone at Premier was awesome to deal with. They even squeezed us in when we showed up on the wrong week for our appointment. There was literally no issues during the entire process. They communicated everything clearly and we’re always very professional, supportive, and flexible. I can’t recommend them enough, they are the best!"

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*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Premier Orthodontics. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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