Is Orthodontics Necessary?
This is an age-old question. WYO ORTHO can help you figure out whether it is a medical necessity or an aesthetic need.
In many cases, orthodontics is needed to correct an abnormal bite. Here are a few examples: In a child with a severe overbite, the lower front teeth may actually hit the palate behind the upper front teeth. This obviously needs correction. Some children need palate expanders to make room for the incoming teeth and to correct bite. Crowded teeth are difficult to clean, flossing can be nearly impossible, and often result in increased incidences of decay. These are just a few reasons for the necessity of orthodontics. Often, your dentist will notice something first and refer you to an orthodontist.
Things to Watch For in Children
These are just a few things to look for as your child grows. They may show up as early as age 6, but could be later as the child’s jaws develop. If you think your child may need braces, it’s important to see an orthodontist early, while the jaw is still growing, so treatment isn’t limited.
- Early or late loss of primary teeth
- Thumb sucking
- Problems chewing or biting
- Crowded teeth
- Unintentionally biting the inside of the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Abnormal bite such as an open bite, where upper and lower teeth don’t meet when mouth is closed
- Mouth breathing
- Uneven jawline
Do you love your smile? Is your child’s smile pleasing? Appearance is also a factor in orthodontics. While they may be medically unnecessary, crooked teeth can affect self-esteem and confidence. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and if you aren’t comfortable with it, it shows. It is perfectly valid to seek an orthodontist’s care to improve the look of your smile at any age.
For children, an evaluation is always a safe bet.