Early orthodontic treatment is crucial to preventing more serious problems later in life and gives your child the best opportunity for a healthy smile. If you recognize any of these signs in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation to determine if braces could help.
Braces could be the solution with any of these signs:
Early or late loss of baby teeth
Difficulty chewing or biting
Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
Grinding or clenching of teeth
Inability to comfortably close lips
Source: American Association of Orthodontists (www.braces.org)
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age seven. Local professionals offer treatment options for children and adults of any age. A referral from your regular dentist is not necessary to receive an orthodontic evaluation. It is never too late to seek help in achieving a great smile.