A: While its difficult for patients to determine if they have an issue that would benefit from treatment, there are some symptoms to watch out for that warrant a consultation with your orthodontist. You can monitor your teeth and your children’s teeth for these obvious symptoms.
Ask you child to open his/her mouth so you can inspect his teeth. If you spot any crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, or overlapping teeth, braces might be needed.
Now ask your child to bite down completely, making sure to keep lips open so you can view the teeth. Do the front top teeth line up with the teeth on the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude excessively over the bottom row? Do the top front teeth protrude and cover more than 50% of the lower teeth? Are the top teeth pushed behind or inside of the bottom teeth?
Does your child have difficulty chewing? Does he/she have a thumb-sucking habit? Does one side of his/her jaw shift to the side when biting together? All of these symptoms could indicate an orthodontic concern.