Many adults know that they should be going to the dentist for regular checkups twice a year. They also know that it is even more important to take their children in for their own cleanings at their family dentist. We spoke with a local family dentistry office: Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry to find out exactly what types of dental issues children commonly suffer from that can be corrected at a family dentist’s office.
One of the most popular products at their location is Invisalign. Invisalign is a medical technology that is non-invasive that can be used to straighten teeth, correct misalignments and gaps, and help to strengthen the roots and gums in both the adolescent and adult mouth. Invisalign can treat a variety of problems that occur in the mouth, from simple conditions to in-depth issues that require multiple steps to correct. Examples of this are overbite, gapes in between teeth, crowding in the mouth and many more. If you are noticing any of the following issues below, please do not hesitate to contact your family dentist to make an appointment to talk with them and see if Invisalign could be a good option for them.
- This is when the upper set of teeth comes down in front of the lower set when the teeth are closed together. Typically, the front teeth should meet the bottom teeth straight on when the jaw is closed. An overbite can be created in a child’s mouth for a variety of reasons. It may simply be their genetics, or it could also be due to bad oral habits, such as thumb sucking or using a pacifier past the age of three. There could also be something going on with your child’s jaw that can caused the bone to grow more than it should.
- Under bite. This condition is the opposite of the overbite, when the lower teeth close down further out than the upper teeth. This is more likely due to genetics than to bad oral habits. When your child has an under bite, it makes it difficult for the molars to effectively grind down their food when they eat.
- Open bite. This is when some of the teeth are making contact where they should be but other teeth are not touching. This is commonly a problem when the top front two teeth and the bottom two teeth do not meet. This makes it difficult to chew, especially food that requires an initial sheer off of a larger piece of food. This can also be caused by thumb sucking but it can have a variety of causes.
- Gapped teeth. Because of the flux that an adolescent’s mouth is constantly in from losing baby teeth and getting their new adult teeth, gaps in children’s mouths are common. Adult teeth may come in at old angles due to lack of space from baby teeth that have not yet fallen out. Make sure that you visit your child’s dentist regularly during these years to make sure that teeth alignment is progressing as it should.