As parents, we want our children to have a healthy and confident smile. One way to ensure that is to address common orthodontic problems early on. These problems can have a significant impact on a child’s dental health and can lead to serious issues if not addressed promptly. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common orthodontic problems in kids and what you can do to help.
Crowding is a common orthodontic problem that occurs when there is not enough room in the mouth for all of the teeth. This can cause the teeth to overlap or twist, making them difficult to clean and leading to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If your child has crowded teeth, your orthodontist may recommend braces or Invisalign® to straighten them out.
An overbite is a condition where the upper front teeth overlap significantly with the lower front teeth. In severe cases, the lower teeth may even touch the roof of the mouth. Overbites can cause speech difficulties, problems with chewing and can also lead to wear on the teeth. Treatment for an overbite can include braces or Invisalign®, depending on the severity.
An underbite is a condition where the lower front teeth extend further forward than the upper front teeth. This can cause difficulties with chewing and speaking, as well as jaw pain and discomfort. In some cases, surgery may be required to correct an underbite, but in most cases, braces or Invisalign® can help to fix the problem.
A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. This can cause tooth wear and gum recession and can also lead to jaw problems if left untreated. Crossbites are typically treated with braces or Invisalign®, but in some cases, a palatal expander may be necessary to widen the upper jaw.
Spacing occurs when there are gaps between the teeth. This can be caused by missing teeth or teeth that are too small for the size of the jaw. Spacing can also cause problems with gum health and speech development. Treatment for spacing issues may include braces, Invisalign®, or even cosmetic dental treatments such as veneers or bonding.
Impacted teeth occur when a tooth is unable to emerge from the gum line. This can be caused by overcrowding, genetics, or even a tooth that is growing in the wrong direction. Impacted teeth can cause pain and discomfort and can also lead to infection or damage to nearby teeth. Your orthodontist may recommend braces or Invisalign® to create space for the impacted tooth or may refer you to an oral surgeon for extraction.
Orthodontic problems can affect children as young as 7 years old. While some issues may not require immediate treatment, others may need early intervention to prevent further complications. It’s important for parents to understand the signs of common orthodontic problems, such as crowding, spacing, and misaligned teeth, and to know when to schedule their child’s first orthodontic consultation.
If you notice any of these common orthodontic problems in your child, it’s important to seek the advice of an orthodontist. Early treatment can help to prevent serious dental problems and improve your child’s dental health and overall confidence. At Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, we offer a variety of treatments to help correct orthodontic issues in kids, including braces and Invisalign®. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation and take the first step in ensuring your child’s healthy and confident smile.