If I have straight teeth, do I really need an orthodontist?

Have you ever heard the term “Looks can be deceiving”? Well, it’s true when it comes to your straight teeth. While your smile may look perfect, our Experts in the Art of Orthodontics may find underlying issues with your bite that could eventually be bad for your oral health. Long story short, it never hurts to schedule a consultation.

The Importance of a Healthy Bite

Even straight teeth won’t perform their best unless the upper and lower jaws function as they should. If the jaws are misaligned, you could have an improper bite that can lead to premature wear or chipping of teeth, recession or bone loss around teeth, jaw pain, and problems with eating and speech. During an exam, we will determine if you have one of the following bite problems that needs to be corrected:

  • An underbite – The top teeth close behind the bottom teeth.
  • An overbite – The top teeth close more than 2mm over the bottom teeth.
  • An open bite – The back teeth don’t touch when the front teeth are closed, or vice-versa.
  • A deep bite – The top teeth completely cover the bottom teeth.
  • A crossbite – The bottom teeth are outside of the top teeth.

Bankhead Orthodontists Puts Your Oral Health First

We love to see beautiful smiles, but our very first priority is to have patients who can bite and chew comfortably. By carefully evaluating each case, we determine whether orthodontic treatment may help reposition teeth or jaw bones to create a bite that functions better. Even if you have perfectly aligned teeth, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment, so call our Experts in the Art of Orthodontics today!


If you or your child needs orthodontic treatment, work with the experts at Bankhead Orthodontic Specialists. Serving the St. Louis, MO, Metro area as well as southeastern Illinois via six convenient locations, these trained specialists offer traditional, lingual and clear braces as well as Invisalign® to provide patients with highly customized solutions. Call (636) 978-8848 today to schedule a consultation, and visit the website for more information.

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