When your child’s teeth first come in, it is exciting to see those little pearly white stick out. However, as more of them make their debut it is common to worry whether they are coming in straight or not. If your child has crooked teeth, it is important to keep an eye on the problem, explore options for braces, and implement healthy routines.
Keep an Eye on the Problem
Looking out for early signs, like difficulty speaking, swallowing or abnormal facial appearance will help you be alert early on. Keeping an eye, you can watch your child’s development and oral health to see if it corrects over time. Understanding when your child developed crooked teeth can also help you treat it. For example, overuse of dummies and bottles can cause crooked teeth in adolescent children. Genetics can also be a contributing factor. When you keep record of their development it becomes easier to treat their symptoms.
Explore Options for Braces
Sometimes, your child’s teeth cannot straighten out without assistance. Speak with your dentist and orthodontist about options for braces. Braces are the most common way of straightening teeth and aligning the jaw. If you or your child is concerned about having metal braces (either because of appearance or activities they are involved in), other treatments do exist. Many alternatives to braces are invisible because they go behind your teeth. Lingual braces fit behind the teeth rather than in front. Other options include retainers, Invisalign, and clear braces. Speak with your medical professional to find treatment options that are right for your child.
Implement Healthy Routines
Poor dental hygiene is an enemy to straight teeth. When gum disease is present in young children, the decay and bacteria can penetrate down to the gums and affect the dormant adult teeth. Healthy gums and teeth are more likely to develop with good hygiene. It is crucial to help your child establish healthy routines early. Teach your child how to brush their teeth, help them if they are not very thorough. Make brushing and flossing each day something to look forward to. Schedule regular dental checks to ensure your child’s teeth are healthy and developing naturally.
Almost 75% of all children have some type of dental problem that requires orthodontic care. Good news is, orthodontic treatments have significantly advanced, providing your child with the best health care. Crooked teeth are easily fixed with your diligence.
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