Is your teen asking for braces? Are you starting to notice more and more of their friends in orthodontic appliances? This phase of your child’s development includes eruption of their remaining adult teeth and maturation in their facial anatomy. It might be a good time to see an orthodontist for a consultation, especially if…
They Feel Embarrassed By Their Teeth
Does your teen avoid smiling in photographs or laughing around friends? It might not be because of moods or hormone changes. They could be embarrassed about the way their teeth look, which in turn impacts their self-confidence.
They’re Mouth Breathing All the Time
Mouth breathing can affect jaw growth, tooth placement, TMJ health, and even sleep quality. Sometimes the mouth can’t close together properly because of the way the teeth line up. Through correction of tooth, lip, and tongue placement, breathing can be improved.
You Notice Crowding or Gaps
Premature tooth loss, a small jaw, or early habits like thumb sucking can all contribute to changes in the shape of your child’s mouth. If teeth are misaligned, they’re at a significantly higher risk of cavities and gum disease in the future.
There’s Visible Tooth Wear
Tooth enamel is the hardest structure in the entire human body. If your teen already has flat, worn teeth, it may be due to their bite not lining up properly. Early intervention will protect their tooth integrity for the decades ahead.
Schedule a Screening Today
Dr. Kincer offers transparent information about orthodontic therapy and oral development. If your teen is experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms or you have other concerns about their bite, contact our Marietta office to reserve a no-obligation consultation.
Posted on behalf of William R. Kincer, D.M.D., P.C.