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Sure Smile: How To Determine If It’s Time For Your Kid To Get Braces

It is important for parents to check for early signs of orthodontic problems in their children because it can cause oral health problems later on in life. If you see any of these signs in your children, it is time to visit an orthodontist for braces.


If you notice that your child’s teeth overlap vertically and horizontally, they have an overbite. An overbite is most noticeable when the front teeth stick out further than the bottom teeth. An increased overbite can cause damage and there might be some dental work that would need to be done; such as crowns, veneers, or cosmetic fillings.

Open Bite

An open bite is especially difficult to have because it creates problems with biting and creates lisps as well. Going to your nearby orthodontist, such as Cobbe Dental & Orthodontics, for early treatment can help with these issues. They can align the teeth and improve teeth positions. You can have your child, as early as 7 years old, undergo these treatments.


When the teeth are crowding, that means that there is not sufficient room in the mouth for all teeth to grow. This results in crooked teeth or even some teeth growing above the gums. With severe crowding, it is impossible to clean certain teeth, creating a hygiene problem. Some hygiene problems that can arise are plaque buildup, tooth decay, bad odor, gum disease, or bone loss.

Cross Bite And Baby Teeth

In a cross bite, the upper tooth is behind the lower opposing tooth. Not getting treatment for a cross bite can result in excessive gum recession. There are also problems of inabilities to restore fractured tooth, excessive wear and fracture, and an asymmetric jaw growth. Children typically begin losing their teeth at the age of 6 and have completely lost all their baby teeth by the age of 12. When a child is losing their teeth before that age and well after the age of 12, they might need a visit with a dental professional for a consultation.


The grinding or clenching of teeth is usually a result of the jaw being too closely structured to the mouth, this is also what usually causes crowding. Visiting the orthodontist can help you figure out what measure might need to be taken next. Grinding your teeth together can be particularly destructive to current and any incoming teeth. It’s important you consult with a dental professional to come up with a treatment plan.

If you notice that your child is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, they might need to get braces. Some issues can be fixed without braces if they are detected early on, however, it is always best to visit an orthodontist for the proper solutions.

Tim Esterdahl

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