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What Are Early Symptoms of Orthodontic Problems?

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Child with open bite in need of orthodontic treatmentMany orthodontic problems can be easier to manage if dealt with early. Delaying treatment and waiting until all permanent teeth are in or facial growth is almost done can complicate fixing some issues. Orthodontic care is beneficial for both children and adults. This is because adjustments can be made to healthy teeth at various ages. Here are some of the warning indicators:

Crooked or Crowded Teeth

If your child has crowded or crooked teeth, it might suggest the need for orthodontic treatment in the future. Early intervention can help prevent more severe problems. It may also be more effective in correcting some issues than seeking treatment in adulthood.

Difficulty Biting or Chewing

Chewing or biting challenges are signs of jaw alignment complications. The symptoms include food lingering or falling out of the mouth. It may also involve a slow and inefficient chewing process. If you notice these signs, it is worth considering dental evaluation.

Teeth Clenching or Grinding

Grinding teeth, especially in children, can cause harm by damaging the jaw joint and teeth. Prolonged clenching can lead to various issues. These comprise earaches, jaw pain, and headaches. Some children may encounter tooth damage like fractures and enamel wear-down.

Speech Challenges

Another drawback of misaligned teeth is speech impairment, as it affects the control of airflow while speaking. Once you notice these signs in your child, schedule an appointment with our orthodontist. You should also work closely with a speech pathologist who can provide valuable assistance in addressing these concerns.


Many parents assume that thumb-sucking cannot cause any harm. However, the habit can lead to serious consequences. Prolonged thumb-sucking may force the teeth to move outward, which prevents the jaw from developing well. The misalignment may result in eating difficulties. Early intervention is key when noticing orthodontic problems. If you or your child have the above symptoms of orthodontic problems, consult our orthodontist.

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