5 Signs Your Child Might Need Braces
Today, there are more options than ever for orthodontic care. But the most important thing to know is that early intervention is key! If your child has any of these five signs, they may need braces.
1. Spacing Between the Teeth
One of the most common reasons for getting braces in adolescence is when there is a gap between teeth. If your child has a gap between their permanent teeth, they will likely require braces. This is particularly true if the teeth have been misaligned for a long time and have started to cause problems with their alignment or bite pattern.
2. Misalignment of the Teeth
When your child’s teeth are not aligned properly, it can affect their chewing abilities and long-term dental health. It can also affect their speech. If you notice that your child’s teeth are not straight, they may need braces.
3. Overbites and Underbites
Overbites are often caused by the upper teeth protruding in front of the lower teeth. In teens, an overbite can particularly affect their confidence, as it may lead to them being teased about their appearance. Luckily, most overbites can be fixed easily using braces.
Like overbites, underbites are most commonly caused by the lower teeth protruding in front of the upper teeth. This condition can affect how your child speaks and may cause jaw pain and general discomfort. Braces will help shift the lower teeth and align them correctly, improving your child’s speech and preventing further problems with their teeth later in life.
Keep in mind that if your child has an abnormal bite, it would usually be noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12. For this reason, they will most often be in need of orthodontic treatment between the ages of 8 and 14.
4. Crowded Teeth
If your child’s teeth are crowded, it can affect their dental health, as well as the aesthetics of their smile. If you notice that there is a lack of space between all the teeth, they should visit an orthodontist to discuss whether braces are necessary or not.
5. Jaw Pain
If your child experiences jaw pain or discomfort, it could be a sign of TMJ. If the upper and lower teeth are not coming together properly, this can lead to pressure on the joints of your child’s jaw, causing pain. If your child experiences jaw pain, they should see an orthodontist.
If you notice any of the above signs in your child, they may need braces. Make sure you talk to them about the benefits of early intervention so that they can understand the importance of getting braces in adolescence rather than later in life. Call us today to find out more about braces for kids.