Orthodontist – scary word or one to make a perfect smile
Confidence is an attractive quality most people desire. It comes from within but is often a reflection of what someone feels on the outside.
Growing up, I had an overbite and hated smiling when the camera came out. I thought I looked like a bulldog so often held my hand to my face or grabbed a drink to hold up to my face. At the age of thirteen, I was taken to an orthodontist for braces and this changed my life more than I realised at the time. I hated getting braces at the time but resulting from that short period in my life, I now have a beautiful, confident smile I often show off for the cameras.
Recently I became concerned by state of one of my children’s teeth. It wasn’t just that her teeth were crooked but the way she uses her tongue when she talks, causes her to have a slight lisp. I mentioned this to the dentist and they recommended we see an orthodontist.
I knew the odds were against me to think I could have four children and no orthodontic work.
So much has changed since my day of wearing metal braces. Modern orthodontic treatments are often unobtrusive and look pretty funky.
I started to research orthodontists and what was best for my daughter, I realised just how little I knew about getting braces. Facts I didn’t know about orthodontists:
- You don’t actually need a referral to see an orthodontist.
- Signs your child may need braces can be visual from as early as 7 years old
- Orthodontic work can also be used to correct speech.
- Some sleeping disorders can be due to issues with teeth crowding and jaw muscles/joints.
Here are 8 early signs to keep on eye on to determine if your child may need to see an orthodontist:
- Early, late or irregular loss of baby teeth. Baby teeth are essential for jaw growth and appearance, and to keep the spacing for adult teeth.
- Difficulty in chewing or biting. This can mean the jaw bones aren’t aligning correctly and can affect the health of teeth.
- Mouth breathing. Children who go untreated for mouth breathing at night can alter the appearance of teeth and smile.
- Protruding teeth. Sometimes this corrects itself as the child ages and the jaw bones grow.
- Thumb sucking beyond the age of 5. The longer the child sucks their thumb, greater the chance of the teeth and often the jaw moving.
- Underbite or overbite. Depending on the severity, both of these often require orthodontic treatment.
- Crowded, crooked or misplaced teeth. This can result in difficulty with chewing foods, affect speech and are often hard to keep clean.
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face. Sometimes the size and the shape of the teeth do not match the jaw and may need correcting.
After learning these signs, I realise that my daughter has suffered from a few of these for many years. Her baby teeth were all lost very late. She is a mouth breather and sucked a blanket (she used to walk around with the corner of a blanket hanging from her mouth – yuk) and her teeth are quite small compared to the rest of her face.
Our first orthodontic appointment is in two weeks and secretly I hope this is the first step to correcting her lisp and helping her sleep better at night. With our beginners pack in hand we are ready to create an even more beautiful smile for my daughter
Does your child show any of these early signs?
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