GENERAL ORTHODONTIC QUESTIONS
If you are new to orthodontics as a whole, you probably have many questions. On this page we offer our answers to the most commonly asked questions.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS IN NEED OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking your general dentist is good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. We would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.
WHAT ARE THE EARLY SYMPTOMS OF ORTHODONTIC PROBLEMS?
Although determining if treatment is necessary is difficult for you to assess, the following symptoms may help in prompting you to seek our orthodontic advice.
Ask your child to open their mouth and let you look at their teeth. If you see any signs of crooked teeth, gaps between your child’s teeth or overlapping teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment.
Ask your child to bite all the way down, but keep their lips open so you can see their teeth. Do the front top teeth line up with the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth? Do the top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom teeth? All these are indicators for potential orthodontic treatment.
Look at the alignment of your child’s jaw. Does the jaw shift off centre when your child bites down? If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem, which requires early orthodontic intervention.
These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.
WHAT AGE SHOULD MY CHILD BE SEEN BY AN ORTHODONTIST?
CAN YOU BE TOO OLD FOR BRACES?
WILL IT HURT?
CAN I STILL HAVE BRACES IF I HAVE MISSING TEETH?
Yes. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, esthetic or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.
Dr Keith S King BSc DMD MSc FRCD(C)
Dr Kevin L Knowlton BSc DDS MSc FRCD(C)
2-1036 7 ST SW
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8V7
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