Dentistry/overbite?

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Hi, I'm 16 years old and female and wondering if I have an overbite and if you think I may need braces:

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(sorry for bad quality of pic)

My two front teeth are slightly crooked as well (one is pushed a bit forward), and also the two front teeth on the bottom are a bit crooked but you can't see in that pic.

Also when I was younger I sucked my thumb up until about 12 / 13 years old (I finally forced myself to stop because it was causing my teeth a lot of pain). So I had sucked my thumb since a toddler up to 12/13 yrs old which is quite a long time. It was hard to get out of the habit.

thanks

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The only thing I can tell from the photo is that you certainly do have an overbite or protrusion of the upper front teeth.  Many orthodontists will do an initial evaluation without charge to determine if you can benefit from orthodontic treatment.  I suggest you contact an orthodontist to see what you can learn about your situation.

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Dr. Randolph Myerson

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Please limit your inquiry to questions about orthodontics (braces) and children's dentistry. I am both an Orthodontist and a Pediatric Dentist, having been trained in both of these dental specialty fields. Orthodontics is the dental specialty that treats problems of tooth, bite and jaw alignment using braces and removable appliances. Pediatric Dentistry is the dental specialty also known as dentistry for children, which deals specifically with the dental problems of this special age group from infants to adolescents. I am also experienced in Forensic Dentistry, the application of dentistry to law enforcement and identification using dental records.

Experience

I have been in the private practice of orthodontics and pediatric dentistry for over 20 years. Prior to that I served for three years on the Cleft Palate and Cranio-facial Reconstruction team at Children''s Hospital of Philadelphia and was an Assistant Professor of Dentistry at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. I also served as a dentist in the U.S.Air Force, stationed at Andrews AFB in Washington, DC.

Organizations
I am a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, as well as a member of the American Dental Association and the Dental Society of the State of New York.

Education/Credentials
I received my BA in Biology from Frankin & Marshall College in 1969, and my dental degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1973. In 1978 I received both my Certificate in Orthodontics from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and my Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children''s Hospital of Philadelphia after completing a three year Teaching Fellowship in Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in 1978.

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