Orthodontic issues often begin in early childhood and, if not treated, can lead to a number of dental problems in later life. Although many parents wait until their children are teenagers before thinking about braces, Denver orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman can evaluate kids as young as 7 and begin discussing prospective treatments.
Braces can be used to correct issues like crooked teeth, crowding, a “bad bite,” and other problems that are visible during childhood. Some children experience developmental difficulties, while others take part in behavior that could disrupt the ideal positioning of teeth and the bite.
Potential causes of orthodontic issues include:
- Premature loss of baby teeth
- Cavities in baby teeth
- Thumb sucking
- Prolonged pacifier use
- “Reverse swallow,” where the tongue thrusts against teeth during speech or swallowing
- Chronic mouth breathing
Baby teeth act as a roadmap for the development of permanent teeth. By losing primary teeth too soon or disrupting the path teeth follow before they erupt from the gum line, your child’s oral health and overall well-being could suffer when they grow up.
Dr. Rudman might recommend early treatment with braces to offset the effects of poor development and bad habits. He can make orthodontic recommendations after a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s teeth and bite.