If you required braces growing up there is a chance your child may need them as well. They are an essential step of childhood to help them avoid dealing with complications in the future. To learn more about all the ways braces can improve your child's dental health get in contact with your Jacksonville Beach orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf of The Brace Place with offices in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL.
What to Look For
Some of the easier to identify signs that your child may need braces include thumb-sucking after the age of two, mouth breathing, of if biting their tongue or cheek is something that they do regularly.
Thumb sucking especially, depending on when it's ultimately addressed, can leave lasting dental problems. Problems which braces can correct, and the sooner they are corrected the better.
The same goes for problems like teeth that are bunched, crooked, or a bite that doesn't come together properly.
Bunched or crooked teeth can make dental hygiene difficult, as plaque can hide in between them, which could lead to possible decay, and in turn cavities and gum disease.
An underbite or overbite can wear teeth with time, eroding the protective enamel of their teeth which could open the door to decay. A number of other difficulties also sometimes accompany these like temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), possible speech issues, and challenges with chewing.
Braces in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL
Not all signs that your child may require braces are easy to notice, and some are easy to overlook. So the best way to know for sure is to have your child see their dentist on a regular basis. Even from a very young age, your child's orthodontist can determine if they will require some form of corrective treatment. So make an appointment today with Dr. Goldknopf of The Brace Place in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL, by dialing (904) 222-8588.