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4 Signs Your Child Should See a Local Orthodontist

Posted on October 25, 2022

In the United States, 3.9 million children are considered orthodontic patients. A child’s first orthodontic appointment will usually occur around age seven, according to the American Association of Orthodontics. However, if your child is exhibiting any of the signs listed below, it may be time for them to visit a local orthodontist.

1. Space Between Teeth

Significant gaps between your child’s teeth are one of the most obvious signs that your child may need to visit the orthodontist. These spaces between teeth, called “diastemata,” can develop when your child’s teeth are too tiny for their jawbone or when an excessive growth of tissue lining their gums separates them. The tongue may gradually push teeth apart due to thumb sucking and specific swallowing reflexes. Your child’s tooth gaps may have a particular cause, which your orthodontist may be able to identify.

2. Staining or Discoloration

If you find that your child’s teeth are stained or discolored, that is another indication that they may need to visit a local orthodontist right away. Children’s “milk teeth” should stay white, and any sign of color change may indicate cavities or other dental issues. It’s better to get the issue checked out before it gets any worse.

3. Crooked Teeth

When you hear that someone is getting braces, the most frequent reason people visit an orthodontist may be their crooked teeth. Your child’s teeth may come out crooked for several reasons. Whatever the cause, straightening out crooked teeth is a simple process with traditional braces or Invisalign.

4. An Overbite

When your child’s upper teeth protrude in front of their lower teeth, they have an overbite. The majority of people have some degree of an overbite. Still, this misalignment can lead to several problems, including dental decay, jaw pain, headaches, difficulty sleeping, discomfort while eating, and even difficulty speaking. It’s always best to get an opinion from your local orthodontist on whether your child’s overbite is something you should look to correct.

If you notice any of the signs above, get in touch with us today. Getting an orthodontic evaluation as soon as possible is always best in the long term. It enables the orthodontist to identify potential issues and discuss the best course of action to ease your dental concerns.

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