Malocclusion among adults can range from simple malocclusion only requiring dental braces to a complicated malocclusion that requires surgery. Malocclusion and other orthodontic problems can be prevented with early orthodontic treatment in childhood. It is recommended that before the child reaches the age of 7 years old he/she should be checked for orthodontic problems. Orthodontists know how to check for subtle signs and symptoms indicative of orthodontic problems.
Family dentists or pediatric dentists should explain to parents the importance of early orthodontic treatment. It is ideal that treatment to orthodontic problems should start at an early age because your child’s jaw is still soft and the growth of teeth is easier to correct. Correction during the formative years of your child’s permanent teeth decreases the chances of complex orthodontic problems in their adulthood. Orthodontic problems in adulthood causes pain which disrupts the normal function of teeth and it can also affect one’s self confidence because this makes you look visually unattractive. Here are some of the signs your child’s orthodontist may teach you to look out for that needs early orthodontic treatment:
- Early or late loss of deciduous or baby teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Protruding or shifting jaws
- Teeth that won’t correctly meet
- Bad habits such as thumb sucking or sucking of other fingers, or biting the insides of the mouth
- Grinding of the teeth
- Breathing through the mouth
- Difficulty in chewing or speaking properly
- Visually, the presence of facial imbalance
As parents, it is your responsibility to report to your child’s dentist or orthodontist if you have noticed these warning signs. In doing so, will greatly help the orthodontic condition of your child in his/her adulthood.