children orthodontics

It is never too young to think about proper dental care for your child. While you may think that braces are far away, know that children orthodontics is a growing field and more children than ever are getting dental work done to improve their smiles.

Many parents think that braces are only for teenagers, but there are plenty of signs your child may require extra dental work to ensure their smile is long-lasting for years to come. But because pediatric orthodontics is a relatively unknown field, here we explain the basics to ensure you are as informed as possible and your child keeps on smiling.

What are some signs my child needs braces?
Children can start needed braces almost as soon as they lose all their baby teeth. Some common culprits behind the need for braces include:

  • Most orthodontic problems are genetic, meaning your child could have inherited spacing or bite issues.
  • They were a victim of a sports injury that affected their jaw. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 10 to 39% of dental injuries in children are caused by sports, so it is quite common to sustain an injury that requires braces.
  • Thumb sucking from a young age.
  • Dental decay.
  • Developmental problems in the jaw.

How will I know that my child needs braces?
There are plenty of clues that signify you should head to the dentist office. Such as:

  • Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth.
  • Having a hard time chewing or biting.
  • A stiff jaw.
  • Teeth that don’t line up with each other when smiling.
  • Biting the cheek or the top of the mouth.
  • Teeth that are crowding or misplaced.
  • Jaws and/or teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face.

Above anything else, if you have any questions about your child’s dental development, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist for a consultation.

Why should my child get braces now? Can’t they wait until they are older?
It is imperative to invest in children orthodontics as soon as you see a problem or else the condition will get worse. If ignored, your child may suffer from incorrect jaw development, crooked and/or misshapen teeth, a disorder of the jaw joint, and/or a severe under or overbite. So with this in mind, it is crucial to think of braces as preventative maintenance for the health of your child’s smile.

There are plenty of benefits to children orthodontics. There is nothing more beautiful than your child’s smile, and braces will just help that smile flourish!

If you have any questions about pediatric dental care, do not hesitate to come to our office for a consultation today.

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