There are different types of bites that need braces. The three most common conditions that need dental braces are overbite, underbite, and crowding. Overbite is a condition in which the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth. A large overbite can cause unhealthy teeth wearing, concerns about appearance, increased risk of trauma, and in some instances even jaw pain. An underbite is a condition in which the lower teeth and jaw protrude in front of the upper teeth. An underbite usually needs to be addressed much earlier, anywhere between 4 years old to 8 or 9 years old, than an overbite. Finally, crowding is the lack of space for all the teeth to fit normally within the jaws. The teeth may be twisted or displaced and cause difficulty with cleaning the teeth appropriately and long term gum, disease is a concern. There are many other conditions such as excessive space, missing teeth, extra teeth, and cross bites that need correction as well. Your pediatric dentists at the Dental Ark can help you make decisions about your child’s need for braces and give you a referral when the time is right!