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Orthodontic Problems and Braces for Kids


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Your kid's bright smile and evergreen oral health can make a huge difference in their self-confidence and mental well being. Parents should take timely action to prevent complications that arise out of irregular growth of teeth. Kids can need orthodontic treatment for many numbers of reasons. These include growth of crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, overlapping teeth or malocclusion. Malocclusion is the condition when there is a difference in the sizes of the upper and lower jaw.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that kids have a compulsory visit to an orthodontist by the age of seven. At Embrace Orthodontics™, we agree with the necessity of seeking an early orthodontic evaluation. At this early age, dental treatment may not be necessary but through a thorough examination we can decide the ideal time to start the treatment if need be. The objective of the early assessment is to check for the growth of the teeth and look for certain bite problems such as overbite and underbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in proper shapes and sizes, thereby significantly reducing the chances of teeth extractions in the future.

Receiving early orthodontic treatment as a child and adopting healthy oral and dental practices can help to prevent the need for orthodontics or dental treatment as an adult. It is advised to take care of your child's teeth from an early age. An important point to remember, some orthodontic complications are easy to diagnose and treat during childhood.

At Embrace Orthodontics™, our team will treat your child with kindness and compassion. The atmosphere will be relaxing, playful and warm. In addition to the traditional metal braces, we offer customized solutions such as ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, lingual braces and Invisalign's Clear Aligners. Doctors at Embrace Orthodontics® have received specialized training to use lingual appliances like Incognito™ (3M Unitek), eBrace™ (Riton Biomaterial), Harmony™ (AO) under national and international stalwarts of the field. Dr Keyur Mehta is one of the renowned orthodontists in Mumbai who provides Invisalign's Clear Aligners customized solutions.

Remember, your orthodontist is the best person to decide if the right time to start an orthodontic treatment for your child. You will get quick and stable results if treatment is started at the right age. Dr Keyur Mehta will be your guide and partner during this process. We will provide you with the pros and cons of each option and the related time investment.

If your child is showing signs that require orthodontic or dental care, please connect with us and kindly schedule an appointment at the earliest. We will provide your child with an initial examination, and discuss with you the best steps to take towards caring for your child's teeth and smile.

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Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an Orthodontist:



  • Early or delayed loss of milk teeth (ideally kids lose milk teeth around
    age 5, typically, all their permanent teeth grow by age 13)
  • Mouth breathing habit or habits like thumb sucking
  • Crowed or protruded front teeth
  • Upper and the lower teeth (jaw) not meeting properly
  • Problems faced in chewing food
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Crossbite (i.e some teeth do not meet teeth in the opposite jaw)

The orthodontist should decide whether your child needs any braces or aligners. It is very important to remember that there is no set age for any child's first visit to the orthodontist. The ideal time to start will be 6-7 years old. Even teens and adults require orthodontic treatment.

On your first visit, we will thoroughly examine your child's teeth, mouth, and jaw. We will ask your child to bite the teeth together and also inquire about whether your child has problems chewing or swallowing, or has ever had clicking or popping of the jaw.

The common problems for kids are :

Crossbite

If the teeth of your upper jaw are sitting inside the teeth of the lower jaw, it is called a crossbite. There are no fixed causes for a crossbite and it can start as early as at 7 years old. Crossbite can wear down or chip the teeth or make little notches in the gum line.

  • When it can start: From 7 years old.
  • What to check: Are the teeth of the upper jaw inside the teeth of the lower jaw?
  • What to ask your orthodontist: What treatments are available? What will be the course and duration of the treatment?
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Crowding

Dental crowding is a hereditary condition that can occur when there is an insufficient amount of space for all the teeth to grow properly and fit within your mouth. There are several risks associated with teeth crowding, which include: Gum disease, tooth decay, ineffective teeth function. Crowded teeth can make it hard to brush well.

  • When it can start: From 7 years old.
  • What to check: Are the teeth rotated or displaced?
  • What to ask your orthodontist: What treatments are available? What will be the course and duration of the treatment?
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Deep Bite

Deep bite is also known as Over Bite and is when your upper front teeth excessively overlap with your lower front teeth. A smaller lower jaw can cause a deep bite. It can lead to significant damage to the teeth and gums.

  • When it can start: From 7 years old.
  • What to check: Is the upper jaw very much ahead of the lower jaw?
  • What to ask your orthodontist: What treatments are available? What will be the course and duration of the treatment?
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Gaps in teeth

Teeth, ideally should not have any space between them. Gaps in teeth can create pockets between your teeth and gums where food can remain stuck. It can cause sore gums and even lead to gum diseases.

  • When it can start: From 7 years old.
  • What to check: Are there any gaps in any teeth?
  • What to ask your orthodontist: What treatments are available? What will be the course and duration of the treatment?
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At Embrace Orthodontics™, we take care of all things and factor in your needs and demands for a successful treatment and a happy and smiling child. Our aim is always to:

  • Reduce the likelihood of teeth extraction or surgery in future
  • Reduce the duration and the expense of the treatment
  • Reduce the duration of retainer wear as early age treatments give quick results

For parents, it’s not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment. Trust us to make your decision simple by informing you about everything from an Orthodontist's perspective.


You’ll feel the difference the moment you take that first step
and meet us at Embrace Orthodontics™.

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