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5 Reasons Why Braces are Essential for Children Dental professionals recommend that your child should get orthodontic screening when they turn 7 if there’s a clear issue or if your doctor recommends it. To maintain regular child dental care routine, your kid needs braces when he/she is around 11-12 years old. Bad habits such as thumb sucking and childhood accidents can have a negative effect on tooth alignment, potentially worsening problems that have to do with family genetics. If your dentist has noticed signs of misalignment or you’ve spotted the signs of crooked teeth, it might be the right time for your kid to get braces. Your child might need braces if they have any of these 5 problems.
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Improper tooth alignment
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Teeth don’t all grow straight, which can cause inevitable tooth issues like overcrowded, crooked, and overlapping teeth, which all potentially require braces. Generally, braces are normally recommended for cosmetic as well as hygienic reasons. Problems with the jaws Jaw problems like malocclusions, which cause jaw sizes to be different, can also require braces. Around 15% of children have jaw problems that actually result in pain and discomfort, or make normal chewing difficult. These kids need to be treated as early as possible. Some malocclusions can even cause such disfigurement in children that they find it hard to attend school, find it hard to start relationships, and find it harder to secure employment when they become adults. Overbite An overbite means a kid’s upper teeth protrude forward so much (also known as “buck teeth”) due to their upper jaw being bigger than their lower jaw. Basically, an overbite is a skeletal imperfection that must be solved either during adolescence or at early childhood. Underbite This issue occurs when the child’s bottom jaw is larger than their top jaw. It’s potentially less difficult to solve this problem earlier instead of later, but there are typically no major issues if you wait until your child is a little older. Overcrowding Overcrowding is the most common jaw problem and affects 90 percent of kids. Overcrowding most commonly happens in a child’s bottom teeth. If the crowding is less severe, it may not require fixing and even more serious crowding can improve on its own with time while a child’s jaw develops into the full adult size. Open bite This malocclusion occurs when a child’s front teeth don’t fully come together when they bite down. In most instances, it’s wise to wait until your child loses all of his/her baby teeth to fix this issue, because as kids grow older, the bottom and top rows of the front teeth usually grow nearer each other progressively. Crossbite The position of teeth is determined by the growth of the bottom and top jaws. When the mandibular or maxilla jaw growth is unnatural, then it causes a crossbite, which can be fixed with expanders.