8 Signs your child benefit from seeing an orthodontist at an early age
- Early,late or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Protruding teeth
- Thumb sucking beyond the age of 5
- Underbite or overbite
- Crowded,crooked, or misplaced teeth
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
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Orthodontic assessment and treatment is used to correct a “bad bite.” This condition, known as a malocclusion, involves teeth that are crowded or crooked. In some cases, the upper and lower jaws may not meet properly and although the teeth may appear straight, the individual may have an uneven bite.
Protruding, crowded or irregularly spaced teeth and jaw problems may be inherited. Thumb-sucking, losing teeth prematurely and accidents can also lead to these conditions.
Correcting the problem can create a nice-looking smile, but more important, orthodontic treatment often results in a healthier mouth. That’s because crooked and crowded teeth make cleaning the mouth difficult, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possibly tooth loss. An improper bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and can lead to problems with the jaws.
We regard orthodontic treatment to be highly specialised therefore we only refer to comprehensively trained specialist orthodontists.