If my child doesn’t appear to have crooked teeth, should I still have them evaluated by an orthodontist?
Yes. Even if you don’t see any signs that your child will need braces. It’s vital to have an exam and X-rays to know exactly how tooth development is progressing.
When should a child be examined by an orthodontist?
We recommend bringing little ones by the age of seven.
If my son or daughter has gaps between their baby teeth, should I be worried?
Young children have gaps temporarily as their baby teeth gradually fall out and permanent teeth gradually come in. Having gaps in baby teeth doesn’t necessarily mean your youngster will have gaps in their permanent teeth. However, it’s essential to have your child examined by an orthodontist before the age of seven.
If my youngster has a gap between the two front permanent teeth, do they need braces?
A gap between the two front permanent teeth is a very common issue. It can be caused by pacifier use or thumbsucking as a baby. If teeth are unusually small, it may create gaps between them as the jaw develops. In adults, gum disease or missing teeth can lead to gaps.
The tissue that is located between the inside of the upper lip and the gum above the upper front teeth is called the labial frenum. If the labial frenum is especially large, it can create a gap between the top middle teeth.
A gap can be corrected with braces or cosmetic dentistry. It depends on the cause of the gap, the size of the gap, and whether there are bite problems.
If my child has a gap between their two top middle teeth, will it eventually close up?
In a child, the gap between the two top middle teeth may close up. Or it might get larger. Schedule an exam and consultation at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. We look forward to meeting you and your child.