Top Signs Your Child Needs Braces | Smile Workshop Timber Creek
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Top Signs Your Child Needs Braces | Smile Workshop Timber Creek

[:en]It’s not always obvious when your child needs braces. Some symptoms are far more noticeable than others, but some can go virtually unnoticed for quite some time. Left untreated, orthodontic problems can lead to serious dental health issues that will only get worse over time. It’s important to identify any orthodontic problems in their earliest stages. As your local dentist, Smile Workshop Timber Creek knows all of the top signs you might need to consider if your child needs braces.

Crowding 

This is one of the more obvious signs that your child might need braces. Crowding is essentially just when there is not enough space in your mouth to fit all of your teeth so they grow into each other causing them to become crooked. This is the most common reason people seek orthodontic treatment. Crowding will almost certainly get worse over time, and sometimes teeth can get so close together that it makes it nearly impossible to properly clean all of them. This will lead to bad breath, gum disease and cavity formation when not addressed by your local dentist.

Misaligned Jaw

It’s often extremely difficult to tell if your child’s jaw does not align properly. Since their jaw has probably been misaligned most of their life, they usually do not know to tell you that there is something wrong. Underbites, overbites, crossbites and openbites are all symptoms of a misaligned jaw that should be examined by an orthodontics specialist before the problem worsens. These can lead to difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking. Here’s what each symptom would look like:

  • Underbite – When the bottom jaw protrudes past the top jaw.
  • Overbite – When the top jaw protrudes past the bottom jaw.
  • Crossbite – When the upper tooth is behind the lower opposing tooth.
  • Openbite – When the front teeth of each jaw do not touch.

Difficulty in Everyday Tasks

Misaligned teeth can cause normal everyday tasks to become much more difficult. Some of these problems include difficulty in speaking, chewing or swallowing. When your teeth are misaligned, chewing can be much more tedious or even painful under the right conditions. It can also lead to difficulties in speaking. Lisps, the inability to pronounce certain words, and pain when speaking are all signs that you should probably get your child’s mouth examined by an orthodontist. Some of these problems can even lead to rapid aging of the face, increased gum recession and asymmetric jaw growth.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms it is probably a sign that your child needs braces but that might not always be the case. To be sure, it is important to check in with your local dentist at Smile Workshop for an orthodontic consultation. It is recommended that all children get their first orthodontic consultation by the age of seven to catch early signs of misaligned teeth. Does your child need braces? Give us a call or schedule an appointment today!

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