A pediatric dentist can perform routine tasks and monitor the growth of the teeth.
Between the ages of six to twelve, a child’s primary teeth are replaced by permanent teeth. This is a very crucial stage when they can develop different types of bite problems. Regular dental checkups can help in promoting healthy oral development and rectifying the problems. If your child has misaligned teeth, he/she may need braces.
In this article, we will discuss when and why a child should get braces.
Types of Misalignment
The primary teeth act as placeholders for the permanent teeth. They guide the growth of future teeth. But if there are gaps or enough space is not there in the mouth, the new teeth may not be aligned properly.
Some common kinds of teeth misalignment are:
- Crossbite – In this the lower teeth are extended beyond the upper teeth. Due to this, the jaw is not aligned properly. Sometimes there is a change in the color of the teeth. Crossbite – In this the lower teeth are extended beyond the upper teeth. Due to this, the jaw is not aligned properly. Sometimes there is a change in the color of the teeth.
- Open bite – The front teeth of the lower and upper jaw do not overlap. So the person cannot chew properly.
- Overbite – There is a negative impact on the bite when the upper teeth extend a great deal over the lower ones.
- Protruding Upper Front Teeth – The functioning and appearance of the teeth are affected when the upper teeth extend forward excessively or the lower teeth do not extend sufficiently.
- Crowding – Permanent teeth do not erupt if sufficient space is not there in the mouth so tooth removal becomes necessary.
- Spacing – If teeth are spread out excessively or are missing the person has difficulty in chewing and eating.
An abnormal bite should be corrected otherwise it can cause other complications like:
- Difficulty in speaking and chewing
- The child may have jaw problems
- Tooth decay
- Abnormal wearing out of the tooth enamel
- Gum disease
Types of Braces
Braces can be used to rectify the problems of misalignment by applying light pressure on the teeth to move them into place. Many types of braces are available for children.
There are metal braces which are made up of traditional brackets and metal wires. Colorful elastics can be used to make them look more bright and appealing.
Ceramic braces are clear colored and blend with the child’s smile. They are unnoticeable.
Those people who wish to straighten their teeth without wearing a brace can opt for an Invisalign treatment. It uses a series of strong removable plastic trays.
Parents need to take their children for regular dental checkups. A pediatric dentist can perform routine tasks and monitor the growth of the teeth. They can take suitable measures to prevent teeth misalignment.
They can work with an orthodontist who can evaluate the situation properly and decide which braces or orthodontic treatments can rectify a child’s teeth misalignment.
In case, a child already has braces it is necessary to visit the St. Louis pediatric dentist regularly for cleaning and checkups. This can prevent the accumulation of plaque and the formation of cavities.
Call The Dental Anesthesia Center today to schedule your appointment at (314) 862-7844. We look forward to meeting you!