One of the most common actions a doctor will take with the teeth of children is to realign them. You may think it funny how a child of such a young age could already have teeth that are in need of repair. Years ago this wasn’t the case, but nowadays the standard for dental care has been raised, and as a consequence, we’re seeing more and more children get their teeth adjusted.
Most of the time, children are not at fault for having misaligned teeth. In most cases, the genes that they’ve received from their parents play a large part in their crooked teeth.
The case may be that your child is dealing with incongruous teeth because their mouth is in fact too small for their teeth, which leads to crowding and shifting. Other times the upper and lower jaws may not have formed to be the same size which leads to an overbite. An overbite is when the lower jaw extends beyond the boundary of the upper teeth, resulting in a missed connection of sorts. Other causes of misaligned teeth result from early losses of baby or adult teeth. Excessive thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and pacifier use after the age of three can all lead to misalignment.
Having crooked and misaligned teeth can lead to a number of issues. Proper chewing and practicing correct hygiene can both be made more difficult when teeth are out of order. Broken teeth are also more likely to occur if teeth are misaligned. However, the number one reason that people choose to align their teeth is for cosmetic purposes.
Consult the best orthodontists in the San Diego, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Eastlake, and Kearny Mesa area to see how you can improve your dental situation.