How Misaligned Teeth Can Affect Your Child

How Misaligned Teeth Can Affect Your Child
Posted on 02/23/2021

Lots of kids have wonky teeth; they are still losing baby teeth, adult teeth are coming in and slowly shifting into place. However, sometimes the directions they are shifting is not ideal, and sometimes children develop a malocclusion (misaligned teeth) that can cause problems throughout adolescence and adulthood if left untreated. Lindsey Orthodontics knows how important it is to begin orthodontic treatment during childhood, and how being proactive has helped us deliver lasting, beautiful results to patients across Griffin and Locust Grove, GA. With early treatment you can avoid some of the more difficult orthodontic issues on this list.

Damage to Teeth and Gums

Misaligned teeth can actually cause damage to the teeth and gums in instances where certain teeth cause friction or apply pressure in places where they are not supposed to, for example, upper teeth might scrape away at bottom teeth simply when closing the mouth. Small bite problems like this, if left uncorrected, can weaken certain teeth making them vulnerable to infection. This is common even in minor misalignments of the type that can be corrected with Invisalign.

Difficulty Chewing, Sleeping and Breathing

Children with very severe malocclusions can struggle to chew their food, resulting in digestive problems. They may snore or experience other sleeping disruptions resulting from improper posture of the mouth and throat. They may develop a mouth breathing habit, which can cause further misalignment of the teeth and facial bones as they continue to grow through childhood and adolescence, which can affect the child's self esteem. This is one of the reasons it is best to start and finish treatment early, when the child is growing rapidly, and social pressures are at a minimum.

More Costly Treatment Later

Leaving childhood orthodontic issues untreated often leads to more expensive, more invasive procedures later on. Children are still developing, meaning their bones and teeth are more pliable and responsive to the gentle pressure of metal braces, expanders, and Invisalign. Even a young adult's bones are far more locked-in than a child's, and at that age some orthodontic problems require surgery to correct.

Consult Your Local Orthodontist

It is important to take your child in for an orthodontic consultation, whether or not a severe malocclusion is apparent. The orthodontist will be able to see and begin treatment of future orthodontic problems before they cause discomfort, or become more difficult to treat. Lindsey Orthodontics is committed to providing patients with the highest standard of care in Griffin and Locust Grove, GA, and we would love for you to contact us if you have any further questions, or request an appointment. We can't wait to help you or your child discover a smile's true potential!