Children and teenagers experience physical and oral health changes that are crucial to their smile development. As kids grow, their teeth and jaws must align properly as this will directly impact their smile’s function and health.
Having a misaligned bite can result in poor oral hygiene, gum disease, decay, and other periodontal issues. This is because crooked teeth are more difficult to clean and maintain. An aligned bite is essential for supporting proper speech development, biting, and chewing.
Signs Your Child Might Need Braces
Only your dentist or orthodontist can accurately determine if your child needs braces, but here are some common signs to look out for:
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Teeth grinding, especially at night
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb-sucking and other oral habits
- Misaligned jaws or teeth
- Crooked, crowded, or blocked teeth
- Clicking or shifting of the jaws
- Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Jaws or teeth disproportionate to their face
The Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment
The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that your child visit an orthodontist by age seven. However, some children can see an orthodontist much sooner, depending on their jaw and teeth growth.
Early orthodontic treatment is an interceptive approach that fixes alignment issues before they progress or become more complicated. Getting your child the early orthodontic treatment they need can save you time and money on complex treatments in the future.
Your child may not require treatment now, but an early evaluation can help us monitor your child’s development and anticipate the need for future treatment. Dr. Ehlers and our team may recommend conservative treatments, such as space maintainers, to create enough space in your child’s mouth for incoming permanent teeth.
Depending on your child’s needs, we will determine the best course of action for the health and function of their smiles. We also have long-term partnerships with local, trusted orthodontists in the area that Dr. Ehlers can refer you to if needed.
Contact Our Children’s Dentist in Sedalia, MO
Tiger Family Dental enjoys treating children and families, and we look forward to welcoming you to our dental office. Our friendly team strives to improve and maintain your child’s optimal oral health with compassionate and gentle care. We love getting to know our patients, and we are always here to serve your family’s dental needs.
We care for small smiles in Sedalia, Cole Camp, Green Ridge, Windsor, Ionia, Smithton, Tipton, Marshall, La Monte, Otterville, and the surrounding areas.