Children’s Orthodontics is something you may have already considered, bringing you to this article. As with any decision you have to make about your child, there are a lot of opinions out there.

Some things that you may look out for that could make your child a good candidate for braces or other orthodontic intervention, include:

  • Thumb Sucking– One of the common causes for dental issues in young children are incessant thumb sucking, or even pacifier use. When your child copes with either of these methods it causes the teeth to come in, in a manner that lends itself to overbites and other issues. The good news is once you ween your child off thumb sucking early intervention can repair the dental issues and set them up for a lifetime full of healthy smiles.
  • Crowding- Another issue you may notice as your child’s teeth begin to come in is crowding. If teeth are overlapping, coming in behind each other, or turning as they come in there is a good chance your child will need intervention for a straighter smile.
  • Gaps- The opposite of crowding is gaps in teeth, while these may close over time many children develop a permanent gap between their two front teeth. While these gaps don’t necessarily post a health issue, they can cause self-consciousness over time. The best time to get ahead of that is to have your child complete orthodontic care as early as possible.
  • Overbite- The last of the most common issues we see in young children is an overbite. An overbite is where the top set of teeth stick out much farther than the bottom set. This can cause jaw issues down the line. By aligning the teeth both top and bottom we correct the issue and help with overall dental health in the long run.

Ready to ensure your child’s confident smile and optimal oral health? Find an orthodontist today for a consultation, because recognizing the signs early can lead to a lifetime of beautiful smiles and healthy teeth.