Signs Your Child May Need Braces

Your mouth is constantly changing, even as you move into and beyond adulthood. Gaps may appear between your teeth where there were none before, or you may develop bite alignment problems. Because the changing status of your mouth is uncertain at any age, it can be difficult to determine whether or not your child needs braces. There are some signs to tell you whether or not your child may need braces.

  1. Your child’s mouth does not have room for all of his/her teeth. This is a visual method of determining whether your child needs braces, but it is effective nonetheless; if it looks like your child does not have room in his/her mouth for all of their teeth (overcrowding, overbite, underbite, etc.), then you may want to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.
  1. Your child is having difficulty chewing. This is another observational method, but if you notice your child struggling when he/she eats, you may want to consult with an orthodontist. Difficulty chewing can encompass anything from chewing food because their teeth do not fully meet to biting the inside of their mouths, including their cheeks and tongue.
  1. Your dentist will tell you. This one seems obvious, but the advice of your child’s dentist should not be ignored. Dentists are experts on healthy mouths, not to mention they see hundreds of mouths per year and can tell you what is going on in your child’s mouth.

Ultimately, however, the best judge of whether a child does or will need braces is an orthodontist. If you think your child may need braces in the future, contact 360Orthodontics today. We can consult with you and your child and help you determine whether braces are right for you. Many of the signs that a child will need braces come from observing how they eat, how they breathe, and simply how the teeth in their mouth look and whether there seems to be enough room for everything to function as they should.