How to Tell if Your Child May Need Early Orthodontic Treatment

Posted on: November 12, 2020

Orthodontics for Children St Peters, MO

Early orthodontic treatment may be recommended in pediatric dentistry for children who have warning signs. It is important that parents take their children to routine appointments with their dentist to determine if there are any red flags that raise concern. These concerns can then be taken to an orthodontist who can outline a course of action for early orthodontic treatment. Ready to learn more about the signs?

Signs that early orthodontic treatment may be needed

Outlined below are a few signs that may indicate a need for early orthodontic treatment in children.

Crooked baby or adult teeth

When a child's baby teeth begin to grow in, parents should be able to determine whether or not they are straight. The first few baby teeth may not indicate anything serious; however, if all of the baby teeth have grown in crookedly then it is best to visit a pediatric dentist to determine if early orthodontic treatment is required. While many parents may not think that the baby teeth are important, they actually are. They lay the foundation for the adult teeth, which will likely be affected if the baby teeth are crooked. 

As the adult teeth begin to come in, parents should keep a close eye on them to see whether or not their positioning is crooked or straight. If the baby teeth were crooked then it is likely that the adult teeth will also grow in similarly, thus requiring early orthodontic treatment. In these cases, an orthodontist may be able to get the child started with treatment so that the remaining adult teeth develop in the correct position.  

An under or overbite

Parents should check their children's mouths to see if there is an under or overbite. This can easily be checked when the child is eating or smiling with their mouth open. If an under or overbite is present at any age during childhood then early orthodontic treatment may be necessary. Both bite issues can cause serious problems with the jaw, which is why treatment may be recommended early on. 


Another thing to keep an eye out for is crowding. When the baby teeth fall out, the adult teeth should begin to grow in. If they are beginning to crowd as they erupt then early orthodontic treatment may be necessary. Crowding leads to cavities, which can also result in gum disease. If treatment is done early enough then the crowding can likely be addressed so that complications with eating and oral hygiene are avoided before becoming too problematic. 

Learn more today!

While crowding, crookedness and uneven bites are the main indicators that early orthodontic treatment is needed, there may be other signs that are patient-specific. Each child is different, which means their needs may vary. Working with an orthodontist in pediatric dentistry is the best place to start. They can perform an evaluation to determine what course of action is needed. Reach out today to learn more or to get started!

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