5 Reasons Why Kids Need Braces
Dental experts recommend that your kid should have orthodontic tests when they’re 7 years old if there’s an apparent problem or your dentist says so. To maintain normal child dental care routine, your kid should have braces when he/she is about 11 to 12 years old.
Accidents during childhood and bad habits such as thumb sucking can adversely affect tooth alignment, possibly worsening problems that originate from family genetics. The best time to get your child braces is when your dentist notices signs of misalignment or you spot signs of crooked teeth.
Here are five good reasons why your kid may need braces
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Tooth alignment issues
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Not all teeth develop straight, which may lead to unavoidable tooth problems like overcrowded, overlapping, and crooked teeth, all of which may require braces. Generally, braces are normally recommended for cosmetic as well as hygienic reasons.
Problems with the jaws
Jaw issues like malocclusions, which make the sizes of the jaws different, may also necessitate braces.
Around 15% of children have jaw problems that actually result in pain and discomfort, or make normal chewing difficult. These kids should be attended to as soon as possible. Certain malocclusions can even disfigure children to the extent they have problems in forming relationships, they find schooling difficult, and find it harder to get a job when they’re older.
Also called “buck teeth”, an overbite is when the child’s upper teeth protrude forward so much due to their upper jaw being larger than their lower jaw. An overbite is essentially a skeletal dysfunction that must be corrected at either early childhood or in the teenage years.
This problem occurs when a child’s lower jaw is bigger than their upper jaw. While it’s probably easier to solve this problem earlier, there are usually no major problems if you do it when your kid is quite older.
This is the leading malocclusion that affects about 90% of kids. Overcrowding most commonly happens in a child’s bottom teeth. If the crowding isn’t serious, it may not need solving and even serious crowding can become less severe on its own over time while a child’s jaw grows into adult size.
This jaw issue occurs when front teeth don’t fully work together when they bite down. In most situations, it’s wise to wait till your child sheds his/her baby teeth to solve this problem, because as children get older, the upper and lower rows of front teeth often gradually grow nearer each other.
The growth of the top and bottom jaws determines the teeth’s position. When there’s an abnormal growth of the maxilla/mandibular jaw, then it results in a crossbite, which may be solved with expanders.