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Signs That Your Kid Will Probably Need Braces

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Braces aren’t always a rite-of-passage. Sometimes braces are needed as a result of bad habits that cause teeth to grow in crooked. Or there could be developmental problems that you can’t prevent.

At the very least, detecting problems as soon as possible makes it much easier to correct them.

Thank the Family Genes!

A lot of teeth spacing problems and issues with jaw shape or size are passed on from parents. If you have a history of overbite, underbite, buck teeth, or orthodontic treatment, then odds are pretty good that Junior just might need it, too! Considering your family’s traits could help you get an idea of what your kids will need in terms of orthodontic treatment.

Harmful Habits

Picking up on some bad habits will also give you an idea of what to expect. Mouth breathing, thumb-sucking, and tongue-thrusting can mess up the position of teeth. If your child has picked these up any of these habits, then he or she may need orthodontic intervention in order to avoid any serious effects on their smile.

Other Signs

Look for signs like:

  • Teeth not meeting when your child bites down
  • The jaw and or teeth look out of proportion with the rest of the face
  • Crowding and overlapping teeth
  • Difficulty biting into things
  • Speech problems
  • Baby teeth that were lost too soon, too late, or too far apart

Your Child’s First Orthodontic Evaluation

The sooner teeth are checked out, the sooner treatment can begin (or be avoided altogether!).

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends orthodontic evaluations by age 7, or earlier if you notice any problems. Ask your general dentist for a personalized recommendation.

Posted on behalf of:
Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics
12055 Vance Jackson Rd #103
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 625-7056

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