Beyond the Aesthetics: Why Me and My Child Need Braces
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ritu Singh
Written by Amanda Richards
Having the ability to identify common signs of dental malocclusion can save you or your child from lasting dental problems later in life. Even some of the habits we don’t notice we’ve adopted over time can affect the health of our teeth. The use of braces benefits people of all ages and particularly aids in children avoiding serious developmental issues as adults. There are common signs and indications that you or your child may need to see an orthodontist. All you need is a mirror!
If these habits are present within you or your child, it is likely causing dental malocclusions with time that we are completely unaware of.
- Difficulty breathing, chewing or biting.
- Thumb or finger sucking persisting beyond the ages of 2-4.
- Teeth grinding, especially at night.
- Clicking of the jaw when eating or talking.
- Nail biting.
Visible Signs in Both Children & Adults
The next time you or your child are in front of a mirror, take a moment to closely examine facial and dental structure for any abnormalities such as these.
- Jaw or teeth disproportionate to the rest of the face.
- Teeth not coming together even when the mouth is closed.
- Extra or missing teeth.
- Crooked teeth that are difficult to brush and/or floss between.
Still not sure? Additional concerns such as these can help in determining if there are dental concerns for you or your child worth looking into.
- Facial injuries or accidents occurring during early childhood.
- You or your child being afraid or self-conscious about showing a smile.
- Abnormally bad breath or difficulty achieving lasting clean breath.
- Speech difficulties due to bad bite patterns.