Orthodontic treatment or braces in young children is known as interception orthodontics, and it can begin as early as six or seven years old. At this age, teeth are still developing, and the jaw is still growing, which means that certain conditions such as crowding may be easier to address.
Braces have proven to be highly effective in fixing orthodontic issues as well as straightening teeth. If you visit your dentist regularly, your dentist will be able to determine if your child needs braces. While some kids show evident dental flaws that need correcting such as crooked or missing teeth, others may have issues that are not easily seen by a simple glance.
Here are some signs that your child may need braces:
1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
There is a certain age for children to lose their baby teeth and grow into permanent ones. If you notice that your child loses his or her teeth earlier or later than it should, they may need braces. Missing baby teeth too soon can cause teeth to move into the empty spaces while the adult teeth are still growing. Meanwhile, losing their baby teeth too late may cause teeth alignment issues.
2. Misalignment of jaw
Jaws that do not match correctly can cause overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Jaws can grow unevenly under the pressure of certain habits when a child is young. These habits include thumb sucking, prolonged bottle feeding, or tongue thrusting. When your child’s teeth do not line up correctly, he or she may have difficulty chewing and can cause frequent cheek or tongue biting. Being aware of jaw problems is a vital sign of how to tell if your child needs braces.
3. Crowded teeth
Crowding happens when your child’s teeth overlap or are too close to each other. Overcrowding can cause problems such as uncomfortable chewing or biting, lip or mouth breathing, and irregular teeth alignment. It can also prevent your child from brushing and flossing correctly, leading to an excess of plaque resulting in tooth decay or cavity. Early detection of this problem may help cut down on the length of the treatment for correction.
4. Prolonged thumb-sucking
A child with a history of thumb-sucking or prolonged bottle feeding is another way to know if your child would need braces. More so, this can cause their teeth to protrude outward, and can also cause overcrowding at the bottom of the teeth. Most kids stop thumb-sucking by two to four years old. However, if your child still sucks their thumb by the time their permanent teeth are coming in, they would need braces.
5. Mouth breathing
Kids who breathe on their mouths will have their mouths open more often. With that, it affects the appearance of the face and growth of their teeth. When their tongue cannot sit at the roof of their mouth, your child will develop a longer face with narrows jaws, creating a smaller space for adult teeth to grow.
If you notice that your children show the signs that they need braces, it is best to take them to a dentist as soon as possible. Help your kids prevent dental pain caused by tooth decay and signs mentioned above.
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