Early Signs Your Child May Need to See an Orthodontist
Signs that your child may need early orthodontic treatment:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth (usually children begin to lose baby teeth around age five)
- Difficulty chewing and/or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb-sucking now or in the past
- Speech impediments
- Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
- Teeth that don’t come together normally or at all
- Too much space between teeth
- Jaw shifting when opening or closing the mouth (crossbite)
- Crowded front teeth
What Causes Orthodontic Issues in Young Children?
Here at BRO, we talk with lots of parents – and it’s not uncommon to feel concerned about what might cause orthodontic problems for your young child. Some of the most common causes we see at Blue Ridge Orthodontics include:
- Loss of baby teeth coming too early or too late
- Certain thumb-sucking habits
- Inherited problems, such as a bad bite
- Injuries to the mouth
- Jaw growth problems, such as malocclusions
So what exactly do we mean by malocclusion? This is a jaw problem that causes a difference in the size of the top and bottom jaw. In North Carolina, about 15 percent of children have a malocclusion that causes physical discomfort and/or impairs their ability to chew food. If your child has a significant jaw problem, please call us at 828-585-6045, and we can set up a free consultation at our offices in Asheville, Hendersonville or Brevard.
When malocclusions aren’t treated at an early stage, they can have a long-term impact on your child’s health, well-being and self-confidence. The most common malocclusions we see at BRO include:
What To Expect from Your First Orthodontic Consultation
If you’re coming to Blue Ridge Orthodontics for your first consultation, you can expect to hear one of three things:
- We tell you that there aren’t any issues with your child’s teeth and bite, so treatment isn’t needed.
- We identify a problem that we’d like to monitor for a period of time.
- We spot a more serious issue and recommend orthodontic treatment for your child.