A lot of children will have braces at some point of their schooling lives. When baby teeth fall out and our adult teeth grow in, many different problems have the possibility of occurring. But how do you tell if your child actually needs them, how soon should they have them and what are the benefits of getting braces for your child?

Experts recommend that you begin taking your child to the dentist when their teeth originally begin to come through. They also expect that by the time your child is 3 years old they have a dentist that they visit regularly. By visiting the dentist from a young age, the dentist will be able to track the development of your child’s teeth. This means that they will notice any big changes that may require braces to fix.

Here are some things that may indicate that your child will benefit from braces:

  • Early/late or irregular loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Misplace, crowded, or blocked-out teeth
  • Shifting jaw or jaw that makes sounds
  • Cheek biting or biting the roof of their mouth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or that don’t meet at all.
  • Jaws and teeth that aren’t in proportion to the rest of the face

Dental issues are generally caused by either genetic dispositions or are developed over time from bad oral hygiene habits. For example, sucking of the thumb can change the shape our teeth sit in and cause a lot of problems in the future.

Having an early diagnosis and treatment is great because it can help encourage your teeth to grow in the way they need to and stop certain issues in their tracks before the problem gets even worse. Orthodontic treatment usually begins within the ages of 8 and 14. Some problems are better when addressed even earlier, though, even when mostly baby teeth are present.

The best thing you can do is have frequent visits to the dentist so that they can spot any issues that arise.