Problems To Watch For in Growing Children

Malocclusions (“bad bites”) like those illustrated below, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation.

  • Top teeth are behind bottom teeth
  • Top teeth are to the inside of bottom teeth
  • Front teeth do not meet when back teeth are closed
  • Sucking on thumb, fingers
  • The lower teeth sit in front of upper teeth when back teeth are closed

If you notice any of the following in your child, check with your orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation.

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Speech difficulties
  • Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • Facial imbalance
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth

Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist.