Typically, when you take your child to the dentist for routine check-ups, the dentist will let you know if they see any issues that indicate your child needs braces. However, you may also want to keep an eye on your child’s mouth. In particular, the following signs all indicate that your child may need teeth braces.
Irregular Loss of Baby Teeth
Baby teeth fall out on their own schedule, but if your child’s teeth are falling out a lot earlier or later than usual, they may need teeth braces. If teeth fall out too early, there may be a long lag before the adult teeth come in, and as a result, teeth may start shifting into those empty spots. On the other end of the spectrum, when baby teeth fall out late, adult teeth often try to get in around them, and that too can lead to the need for braces.
Difficulty Biting or Chewing
A healthy mouth of teeth is designed to fit together perfectly in a way that facilitates biting and chewing. If your child struggles to bite into things such as apples, if they have trouble chewing foods, or if they complain of pain from chewing, those are all signs that they may need teeth braces. Braces correct bite issues so that the teeth match together and work efficiently.
Additionally, children in this category may frequently bite their tongues or the sides of their cheeks. When they bite together, you may even be able to see that their teeth don’t fit together well. In this same vein, they may grind their teeth at night, or their jaw may shift or make unusual sounds often.
A History of Thumb or Finger Sucking
Often, children who have spent a lot of time sucking their thumb or fingers may also need braces. This habit puts undue pressure on the teeth, and in particular, it can make the front teeth jut out unnecessarily. Ideally, you should help your child by encouraging them to quit sucking their thumb. Then, you should consult with an orthodontist about teeth braces, while also monitoring your child’s mouth on your own.
Crooked or Crowded Teeth
In a lot of cases, you can see that your child needs teeth braces. In particular, if you can plainly see that some of the teeth are crowding together or overlapping with each other, you should consult with an orthodontist. In some cases, new teeth may come in that cause the teeth to shift back into alignment, but in most cases, children need braces to correct these issues.
Incorrect Jaw Position
In other cases, your child’s teeth may not indicate that they need teeth braces, but instead, the position of their jaw will be one of the first signs that you notice. In particular, this happens in cases where kids have over or underbites. This simply means that the jaw doesn’t line up correctly on either the top or the bottom.
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