While most orthodontic treatments occur during the teen years, some young children need them as well. You may be wondering how to tell if a child needs early orthodontic treatment. Some orthodontic problems are the result of excessive spacing, genetics, crowded teeth, protruding teeth, or bad bites. While some issues may correct themselves while they grow into their preteen years, it’s best to have a professional determine if their oral development is on track or if intervention is necessary. Below are some of the issues dentists might evaluate:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb sucking after age five
  • Speech impediments
  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Protruding teeth
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Shifting of the jaw when closing or opening
  • A late or early loss of baby teeth

If you want to set up a dental appointment with California Dental Care, give us a call at (707) 741-6090 or contact us through the form on our website.