Kids need braces for a number of reasons, including crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth, extra spacing or a “bad bite.” Some tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, mouth breathing, or thumb sucking. Often, your child’s dentist will be the first to notice problems during a regular visit and recommend an orthodontist evaluation.
Some signs that your child may benefit from braces include:
- Early, late or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Crowding, misplaced and blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Difference in sizes of the top and bottom jaws, resulting in an “overbite” or “underbite”
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaw and teeth that are out of proportion to rest of the face
Please be sure your child is getting regular dental visits and mention any concerns you have at their next visit.