Four Reasons Your Child Might Be in Need of Early Orthodontic Intervention

Posted on 11/20/2016 by Dr. Lovrovich
A young boy sucking his thumb; and damaging his oral health.

Did you know that orthodontists usually want to see children for the first time when they still have their baby teeth? That’s because early orthodontic intervention can correct some issues before they have the opportunity to become major problems.

In fact, there are several scenarios that might require your child to need early orthodontic intervention.

He is a Thumb Sucker

It 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 Underbite

Do 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 Breather

Snoring 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 Teeth

Did 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.

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