Signs Your Child Might Need Orthodontic Treatment

August 8, 2018

The need for orthodontia isn’t always obvious, but there are some definitive signs you should look out for with your child. At the end of the day, the only way to know for sure is to have an orthodontist see your child. Utah Orthodontic Care proudly provides free consultations to community members in and around the SLC area from our 9 different office locations. Give us a call at 801-999-4431 and check out the tips below to see if your child might need orthodontic treatment.

Key Signs To Notice

From infancy to puberty, the following behaviors may be indicative of a need for orthodontic treatment:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Insecurity about smiling
  • Apparent jaw shifting
  • Difficulty chewing or speaking

There are probably a few different factors contributing to these issues, but here at Utah Orthodontic Care we can help you find the appropriate orthodontic treatment to create solutions for your child.

Common Problems

The most common problems associated with the signs listed above can be overcrowding or crooked teeth. Children with teeth protrusion and baby teeth popping up too early or too late can experience discomfort with their teeth at any age. Jaw misalignment or unusual growth can be exacerbated over time if not addressed early on through orthodontic treatment. Look into a few other common orthodontic problems as well and reach out to an orthodontist if you suspect your child is experiencing any of these.

Benefits of Early Treatment

Getting these issues addressed early on can create both short-term and long-term benefits for your child. Early treatment can boost their self-esteem if they’re feeling insecure about their smile. It can also help address speech problems as your child’s speech patterns are developing. Orthodontia at an early age prevents or reduces future problems by preserving space for adult teeth, influencing correct jaw growth, and shortening length of future treatments as your child grows.

Schedule an Appointment with Utah Orthodontic Care Today!

Reach out today with any questions about early treatment, general questions, or scheduling requests! You can give us a call at 801-999-4431 or fill out our quick online form for a free consultation appointment. Our team at Utah Orthodontic Care is happy to help the greater SLC area with affordable financing options and a range of treatment options. We look forward to meeting you and your family!