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Common Signs Your Child Might Need Braces

Common Signs Your Child Might Need Braces

Orthodontists for children are often asked what signs parents can look out for to determine if their child might need braces. While a visit to the orthodontist in Delta and an initial evaluation is the best way of determining the need for braces, or even Invisalign, there are some common signs that orthodontic treatment may be in your child’s future.

Difficulty Biting or Chewing

One of the most telltale signs of orthodontic issues is difficulty with biting or chewing on food. This is usually due to jaw and/or tooth misalignment making a clean, strong bite difficult. You may also notice that the jaw protrudes or is recessed compared to the rest of the skull.

Crooked Adult Teeth

Crooked or straight baby teeth often give very little indication of how permanent teeth will come in. When these adult teeth erupt, signs of the need for future orthodontic treatment include crooked teeth, crowding, blocked, and the alignment of how bottom teeth meet their upper counterparts. Some of these signs may be readily visible but others may be harder to spot.

Losing Baby Teeth Early or Late

When a child loses his or her baby teeth can have a huge impact on the formation of new teeth growing in. Losing baby teeth too early can cause other teeth to migrate, meaning that adult teeth may lose space to grow into. Losing baby teeth too late can cause the adult teeth to erupt into incorrect positions.


Look for these common signs that your child might need braces. If you notice any, make sure you make an appointment with an orthodontist in Delta right away, as issues can cause pain and even tooth decay if left unresolved.  Early treatment and prevention may also prevent more issues and make treatment simpler in the long run.

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