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More children and teens are getting orthodontic treatments today than ever before. However, it’s not always obvious that a child needs dental work. Scheduling a consultation with an orthodontist is the best way to have your child’s mouth evaluated so you can discuss future dental/orthodontic work and plan for your child’s development. If your child is experiencing any of the following issues, an orthodontic consultation can determine the root of the problem and the best solution.

Crooked or Uneven Teeth

This is the most common problem that lands children in an orthodontist’s chair. If you notice your child has teeth that are misaligned, an orthodontist can use braces, aligners, or other orthodontic devices to straighten them. During the consultation, your child’s orthodontist will look at their teeth and also analyze x-rays to create a treatment plan and timeline.

Jaw Issues

Jaw issues are another common problem that orthodontists can fix. Different devices can correct jaw problems like overbites and underbites, helping your child’s mouth function better as a whole. You should also consult an orthodontist if your child has issues with jaw pain or if their jaw shifts, protrudes, or makes a popping sound.

Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking seems like an innocent problem, but it can actually affect your child’s bite in the future. Early intervention can help prevent these problems. If your child sucks their thumb or fingers, an orthodontist can help.