Better Smiles: 3 Signs that it is Time for a Visit to an Orthodontist

a child having her teeth checked

While as a parent you may understand why orthodontic evaluation for your child is important, you may not be aware of the telltale signs that your child needs immediate medical attention. The earlier you conduct the assessment, the better.

Identifying potential tooth problems at a nascent stage helps you to engage a Canton orthodontist on time. This way, you get the time to prepare yourself financially, as well as prepare your child psychologically for the procedure.

1. Crowded or crooked teeth

Overcrowding of teeth makes them appear twisted, slanted, or uneven. As such, teeth erupt behind or in front of each other in an overlapping methodology. As a result, the child can hardly properly floss or brush the teeth to cleanliness leading to accumulation of plaque. Eventually, this leads to bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay, and rotting of the bone around the teeth.

2. The mouth remains open most of the times.

For the jaws, teeth and the entire face of a child to develop correctly, the tongue should remain positioned on the roof of the mouth. If it happens that the lips of the child are slightly open, or the mouth is wide open, the tongue will not stay in the correct position. As a result, the child will develop gummy smiles, a long narrow face, flat cheeks, and narrow jaws which will not provide enough room for adult teeth.

3. Prolonged thumb sucking.

It is normal for your child to suck their thumb between 2-4 years. However, if the permanent teeth start coming out and the sucking has not stopped, time for a visit to the orthodontist has come. Reason being, the lower teeth will become crowded, and the upper teeth will stick out. This may result in speech issues such as lisping.

Ideally, you should book your child’s first orthodontic appointment when they are between 6-7 years. Do not delay the evaluation, as it might result in advanced cases which will require more detailed procedures. Instead, arrest situation early for happy, healthy smiles.