In fact, there are several scenarios that might require your child to need early orthodontic intervention.
He is a Thumb SuckerIt is important to try to eliminate any thumb sucking habits before kindergarten. If allowed to continue, thumb sucking could result in teeth that jut out and jaws that grow in undesirable directions. Eating difficulties and speech problems could also result.
He Has an UnderbiteDo your child's lower teeth jut out ahead of the upper teeth? This is a severe problem that needs to be treated during childhood, as it is clear that the upper jaw isn't growing at the same speed of the lower jaw. Without early intervention, teens might need extensive orthodontic work and possibly even jaw surgery to fully correct it.
He Snores or is a Mouth BreatherSnoring and mouth breathing can be associated with problems like crowding, narrow arches, and a bad bite. Early intervention can help, allowing your child to both breathe and sleep better. This could also lead to better academic performance, as your child will feel well-rested during the day.
He Doesn't Have Enough Room for His Adult TeethDid your child lose a baby tooth months ago, but there is no sign of an adult tooth moving in? This is a common problem in orthodontic offices. In many cases, crowding problems and narrow jaws are to blame, but early intervention with an expander can make room for the permanent teeth without having to extract anything.
Do you think it is time for your child to see the orthodontist? Give our office a call to discuss your options.