Crooked teeth can lead to health and self-esteem issues. The best time to correct tooth alignment is while your kids are young.
If you notice any of these issues in your child’s mouth, it’s time for a checkup.
- Baby Teeth Not Coming Out on Schedule
Every child has a unique schedule for losing baby teeth. Still, be on the alert for a stubborn baby tooth that hangs in there while all its neighbors have moved on. On the other hand, a baby tooth knocked out prematurely in an accident can also cause trouble.
- Bite Marks in Mouth
Can you see a ridge on the palate of your child’s mouth that matches the pattern of the lower front teeth? Those teeth should not actually touch the roof of the mouth. If they do, that’s a sign that the bite is too deep.
- Difficulty Chewing or Biting
Watch how your son or daughter bites into a piece of pizza or sandwich. Do they use their front teeth or take the food from the side? The way they chomp into chow is a good indicator of how comfortably their teeth fit together.
- Underbite or Overbite
Don’t mistake your child’s cute trademark grin for a mere family trait. Overbites and underbites can lead to jaw and tooth difficulties in adulthood. Those are things that orthodontic treatment can correct in childhood.
Braces for Kids in Marietta, GA
Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that you bring your kids in for their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7. That goes for kids whose teeth seem to be coming in just fine. Call East Cobb Orthodontics today to schedule.