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5 Signs That Your Child Needs Orthodontic Care


Posted on 12/1/2023 by Greenway Family Dental
Smiling girl in a dental chair in Surprise, AZ. A healthy smile is vital to the overall health and growth of your child. It is a source of pride and confidence as the child grows. As parents, you have the responsibility to care for their dental health. Therefore, you must keep tabs on when your child might need orthodontic treatment.

How To Know if Your Child Needs an Orthodontic Appointment


There are some signs that a child needs an orthodontic checkup. If you notice the following early signs, visit our office for an orthodontic appointment.

Jaw Misalignment

This can be corrected at an early stage by undergoing corrective jaw surgery and wearing braces. This condition causes a misalignment in the upper and the lower jaw. If left untreated, it can cause serious dental complications in the future.

Thumb Sucking

This is an obvious sign, and there can be a sign of a problem by the age of 2. Thumbsucking can cause the front teeth of the child to slant forward, increasing the chances that your child will need braces. If possible, break the habit as early as possible before their adult teeth erupt.

Crowded Teeth

Teeth can be crowded in the mouth; some might grow next to other teeth while others grow to the side. This crowding of teeth can lead to gum disease and even cavities. Therefore, you are advised to take your child to an orthodontist for extraction or other preventive measures like the use of traditional braces, depending on the condition of the teeth.

Early or Late Loss of Baby Teeth

Both situations call for an orthodontist. This is because if the child loses their baby teeth earlier than usual, this might cause the remaining teeth to space out and fill the remaining spaces, blocking incoming teeth. Conversely, if the child loses teeth late, the permanent teeth may be forced to move back, causing overcrowding on the jaw.

Mouth Breathing

Mouth breathing causes deformation of the facial structures. This leads to narrower jaws and calls for immediate treatment. If your child breathes through their mouth instead of their nose, you need to book an appointment with us today!

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