April 6th, 2018
Trying to recognize a potential need for your child to see an orthodontist may not always be a straight forward process. Not every warning sign is immediately apparent. There are some indicators, however, that may alert you to the necessity for early intervention. Some of the warning signs could be a visible misalignment, or malocclusion, such as the following situations:
- Over Bite: This type of misalignment is seen when the upper teeth over-reach the lower teeth when biting down.
- Crowding: This is visible when there isn’t enough room for the teeth to come in at the gum’s arch.
- Deep Bite: This is noticeable by the upper teeth hiding the lower teeth when biting down.
- Cross Bite: The lower teeth sit farther out than the upper teeth in this type of malocclusion.
- Open Bite: Often the result of thumb sucking, this type of bite is evident by a wide gap between the upper and lower teeth when biting down.
You may, on the other hand, recognize symptoms, that indicate a more severe situation. They may include the following conditions:
- Digestive problems
- Breathing, snoring, or sleep problems
- Speech impediment
- Difficulty with biting or chewing food
Some corrective measures may require waiting until the child is older and has permanent teeth or a more mature jaw structure. There are other signs and symptoms, however, that can be treated early. In fact, catching problems early allows for greater treatment options that would otherwise become extensive if left waiting too long. Timing is a critical aspect of orthodontics. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should be evaluated by age seven. Your Frisco and Allen Orthodontist, Dr. Rendon advocates scheduling your child’s visit as early as 5 years old if any of the early warning signs are visible. When identified early, breathing problems, for example, can be addressed and corrected. While treating possible orthodontic problems early does contribute to a healthy and beautiful smile, it also improves your child’s confidence as well as quality of life.
As a skilled and experienced orthodontic specialist, Dr. Rendon will only recommend braces or any other corrective measures if they are of benefit to your child. Your child’s age an all aspects of his health will be considered prior to advising any procedure.
We are happy to schedule a complimentary evaluation with Rendon Orthodontics. In fact, it's not necessary to wait for a referral from your dentist. If Dr. Rendon sees a potential problem, he will inform you of the condition, treatment, and outcome. In the event that your child does not need early intervention, Rendon Orthodontics will offer their services in a complimentary supervisory capacity to continue to monitor your child’s dental health and development.