Braces for Kids: 4 Signs Your Child Needs Them
Telling whether your kid needs braces can be a challenge. All kids progress at different rates and how the primary teeth are positioned doesn't necessarily indicate how the adult teeth will be positioned. However, it's recommended that you have your child examined by an orthodontist at the age of 7. While it might be too early to know if future orthodontic care will be needed, these early visits are helpful as well as important.
Your orthodontist is a specially trained professional childrens orthodontist who can identify various factors that can determine whether your kid will eventually require braces. As a caregiver or parent, you should also be ready to provide useful information to help the orthodontist in the evaluation.
The most common need for children's orthodontic treatment is crowding. Crowding essentially refers to the lack of adequate space for all teeth in the mouth. Without adequate room for all teeth, they crowd each other causing crooked teeth. Sadly, crowding can worsen with time as your kid gets older and may even make the simple task of flossing and brushing difficult, requiring more effort and time to properly clean all teeth. Overcrowding may bring about places that are practically impossible to clean, which can cause plaque buildup, which in turn leads to bad odor, tooth decay, bone loss near teeth, and gum disease.
Early orthodontic treatment like INVISALIGN TEEN will help straighten and align teeth to prevent future health issues and oral pain, and cut the risk of gum disease and cavities.
This is the horizontal and vertical overlap of front teeth. Overbites can vary in severity but an overbite's usually visible when one's front teeth protrude far more than their bottom teeth. A severe overbite can cause the following oral health issues and other issues:
Further risk of trauma on front teeth
Complications and decreased longevity of dental work like crowns, veneers, and cosmetic fillings.
Significant increase in the possibility of fracturing front teeth due to injury
An underbite refers to an unusual bite where all lower front teeth are positioned ahead of upper front teeth. Usually, this sign is linked to a disproportionate size of jaw and can cause issues such as:
Accelerate facial aging
Imbalanced facial appearance
Problems with biting and chewing
This is an unusual bite where the front teeth don't touch. It may cause issues such as:
Speech issues, such as lisps
Even if your child doesn't have severe symptoms of any of the above problems, only an orthodontist will be able to recommend treatment if and when it's needed.