Each year, millions of children in the U.S. begin their journey to straighter teeth and a healthier bite thanks to modern-day orthodontics. So, when your kid’s friends start treatment, you may find yourself wondering, “Does my child need braces, too?” If you’ve asked yourself something similar, then keep reading for a few common signs to look out for.
8 Signs Your Child Needs Braces
Whether your child is just starting elementary school or is only a few away from heading off to college, keep your eye out for the below signs that they could benefit from seeing an orthodontist:
- Difficulty chewing or biting.
- Thumb or finger sucking.
- Irregular loss of baby teeth.
- Crowded, spaced-out, or otherwise misaligned teeth.
- Biting their cheek.
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all.
- Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude, or are recessed.
- Mouth breathing.
When to Schedule an Appointment with an Orthodontist
Your child should first visit an orthodontist around age seven. Although this may seem young, Phase 1 Orthodontics can provide them with a healthier bite and prevent certain problems from developing altogether. If their teeth are coming in evenly and their jaw is developing properly, then they may not need to undergo treatment until they are older.
Types of Braces Available
When you think of braces, do metal brackets and dark-colored wires come to mind? While traditional orthodontics continues to be an effective solution for complex orthodontic issues, like severely rotated teeth, advancements in dentistry have produced more discreet alternatives. The first is clear/ceramic braces, which use tooth-colored and transparent materials to guide your child’s teeth into their new and improved position. Invisalign is another discreet option that uses clear aligners to gradually shift their teeth into a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing position. Don’t worry – your child’s orthodontist will go over all of the options during the initial consultation!
Braces are designed to address the look and function of your child’s smile, ensuring they can smile confidently and bite pain-free throughout the years. So, if your child is exhibiting any of the above signs, it’s time to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist!
About the Author
Dr. Sam Alkhoury was first inspired to become an orthodontist when he saw the life-changing impact braces had on his sister. This inspired him to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine at Boston University, where he graduated with honors. From there, he underwent his Residency in Advanced Education in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics at New York University. In the last three decades, he’s helped countless patients enjoy the benefits of beautifully straight teeth. So, if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment to see if your child needs braces, don’t hesitate to visit his website or give him a call at 603-880-5002.