It can be confusing to a parent when it comes to deciding if your child really needs braces. It is a big investment financially and you want to make sure it is done correctly. Leaving your child’s teeth unchecked can result in bigger oral health problems as they get older. It is important to have routine dental checks for your whole family. Review these common signs of orthodontic issues and see if any apply to your child(ren).
Are Your Child’s Teeth Crooked or Crowded?
This is one of the most common issues we see. When the adult teeth begin to come in, there is not enough room in the jaw so the teeth begin to overlap and become crooked. This can make it much harder to keep them clean since the crowded teeth may overlap in some places making it difficult to get a toothbrush and floss to all parts of the teeth. This will lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and eventually bone loss around the affected teeth.
Does Your Child Have An Overbite or Underbite
Do your child’s front teeth overlap their bottom teeth? This may seem like a benign issue but it actually can increase their chances of the front teeth getting fractured in the event of an injury and can decrease the longevity or complicate the effectiveness of dental crowns, fillings, and veneers.
Underbites are another common abnormality which requires treatment. It is when all of the upper front teeth sit behind the lower front teeth when the jaw is closed. This usually occurs because of a disproportion in the patient’s jaw size and results in an imbalance of a person’s facial appearance and can make it more difficult to eat.
If any of these conditions sound like something your child may have, contact our office today at (512) 337-2325 to schedule your appointment with our orthodontist. They will determine the best treatment required for your child to restore their oral health and smile.