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5 Signs Your Child Needs Braces Milton, GA
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If you have an elementary-aged child, it is common to wonder if you’ll be investing in orthodontic treatment for their smile. Orthodontics involves wearing braces or another type of oral appliance in order to better align the teeth. While this is something that your pediatric dentist can certainly detect at a young age, there are also some common warning signs that parents can see at home that may suggest that their child needs braces. Remember that orthodontic concerns caught and treated early can prevent complications in the future, including those involving speech, jaw comfort, aesthetics and more.

If you can identify with the following risk factors for pediatric braces, we invite you to schedule your consult at Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry:

#1 early or late loss of baby teeth

When teeth are not lost in the ideal or normal time frame, it can cause misalignment in surrounding teeth. For example, when baby teeth are lost too early, the neighboring teeth can migrate towards the empty space and create a crooked smile.

#2 jaws that don’t match up

Jaw misalignment is another indicator for braces. This is more accurately diagnosed as an overbite, underbite or crossbite that prevents your child’s teeth from lining up correctly. You may notice frequent cheek or tongue biting as a result.

#3 crowded teeth

If you see overlapping teeth in your child’s smile, this is known as crowding. Crowding can lead to chewing discomfort, speech impediments, mouth breathing and dental hygiene challenges. Braces are the time-tested solution for crowded teeth.

#4 extended thumb-sucking

If your child is still sucking his or her thumb past the age of 4 or while adult teeth are trying to come in, you may want to consider the possibility of orthodontic treatment. Prolonged thumb-sucking can lead to front teeth protrusion as well as bottom teeth crowding.

#5 mouth breathing

How does the way your child breathes affect their teeth? Children who routinely breathe through their mouth are at risk for altered growth of their teeth because their tongue is not resting on the roof of their mouth. The jaws may narrow as a result and inhibit room for adult teeth to grow into their proper position.

Does your child need braces?

The only way to know for sure that your child needs (or will need) braces is to visit a board certified orthodontist. At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we provide general dentistry in the same place we provide braces. This allows us to catch and treat orthodontic concerns at their earliest possible stage. Contact us today with any questions, or to schedule your child’s appointment.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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