Common Orthodontic Problems

Common Orthodontic Problems

The children we see every day come in all shapes and sizes; we see tall ones, short ones, funny ones, and no-nonsense ones. And while many of their traits are easy to spot in their parents, their smiles can differ greatly for any number of reasons. Orthodontists at Snodgrass-King are big advocates in helping your child have great dental hygiene along with regular orthodontic checkups. As a parent, all you want is for your child to have the best experience possible when looking for a solution regarding orthodontic problems. Some issues in life are mountains while others are molehills. The same thing applies to orthodontic problems.

Identifying Your Child’s Bad Oral Habits & Issues Early

Discovering orthodontic problems early on allows for an orthodontic solution to be set in place quickly. This absolutely helps your child to avoid or prevent future dental setbacks. The following is a list of common malocclusions, or misalignments of teeth and dental arches.

Protruding Teeth
Protruding Teeth
– lower and upper jaw growing at different rates; forward or outwardly tilted front teeth, can also be known as “buck teeth”

Thumb and Finger Sucking
Thumb & Finger Sucking – can lead to misalignment of jaw and/or protruding teeth

Underbite – lower jaw growing at a faster rate than the lower jaw, which places upper teeth behind lower teeth

Crowding teeth
Crowding – small or narrow jaw, which leaves little room for adult teeth Overbite – Like protruding teeth or “buck” teeth

spacing between teeth
Spacing – Like crowding; a size difference between teeth and jaw

Crossbite – upper and lower teeth misalignment when biting down

Mouth Breathing & Teeth Grinding
Mouth Breathing & Teeth Grinding – Often found when asleep, both correlate to misaligned bite, narrow arches, and/or crowding

Communication Problems Emerge

As mentioned previously, common malocclusions/oral problems can lead to a range of side effects such as speech impediments and jaw pain.

Impaired Communication: All of which are generally caused from an overbite or gaps between the teeth, as well as restricted of tongue movement and bad tongue-­