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It is important that you take your child to the dentist every six months for a routine checkup, but it may be necessary to make an extra appointment. If you have noticed that your child’s teeth do not seem to be coming in straight or if they are having issues getting their adult teeth, your child may need braces now or in the future. Here are some signs that you should contact us for a consultation to examine the potential need for braces.

Difficulty Chewing or Biting

Your child is likely to notice this long before you do, but they might start to complain about it being difficult to eat certain foods, such as apples. They may also frequently bite their lip, tongue, or cheek while trying to eat.

Teeth Come In Misplaced

Every child loses their baby teeth and grows new adult teeth in their own time. There are some basic guidelines for this progression, but every child can be a little bit different. Still, the need for braces is usually predetermined by how your child loses and gains their teeth. If they lose their teeth early or late or if they lose them all quickly in a short period of time, it can cause crowding and misalignment with the teeth as they come in.

Teeth Don’t Meet Normally

If you are concerned about your child needing braces, there is a very easy way to visually tell if they need to see a dentist or not. Have your child bare their teeth in a grimace, showing you their pearly whites. If their teeth don’t meet normally, or if the teeth don’t meet at all in the front, it can be a clear sign that your child needs braces.

If you are needing assistance in determining whether or not your child needs braces, contact us today to schedule your appointment.