Not only can braces straighten your child’s teeth, but they can also prevent bone and jaw erosion! While not every child needs braces, you should make an appointment with an orthodontist if their teeth are misaligned. Family orthodontists can check your child’s teeth and tell you what to do next. This video from Virginia Family Dentistry explains when kids should see an orthodontist.
Experts recommend that children see an orthodontist at age seven or eight. However, if a child shows serious dental problems, such as abnormal jaw growth, they may need to visit an orthodontist sooner.
Ideally, orthodontic problems should be diagnosed as quickly as possible.
Your child may need braces if it’s hard for them to chew food. Misalignments in the teeth or jaw are another sign that a child requires orthodontics. While alignment issues are often visible, you may also hear your child’s jaw clicking or shifting.
Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with an orthodontist if you have concerns about your child’s oral health. Many issues are easier to treat if the problem is identified before the problem has a chance to progress. An orthodontist can tell you more about your child’s needs and orthodontic treatment options.