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Braces are often seen as a “rite of passage” for many kids just entering their teenage years. With all the changes in their lives at that point, braces are just another thing to deal with. However, not every kid has to go through orthodontic treatment. Some children are lucky and have adult teeth that come in perfectly straight. However, your dentist may recommend your child see an orthodontist.

Let’s look at a few reasons why your child may need braces.

As your child’s 20 primary teeth fall out to give way for their 32 permanent teeth, there can often be issues related to alignment or overcrowding. Sometimes this is more likely if when your son or daughter was young and a fractured or severely decayed primary tooth needed to be extracted. Sometimes alignment issues can be set in motion years earlier due to thumb sucking or overuse of a pacifier in early childhood.

However, it’s not uncommon for alignment and overcrowding issues to occur without any outside influence.

Malocclusion, is a situation where your child’s upper or lower jaw is larger or is positioned further out from the other. When the top teeth extend too far out it is called overbite. When the lower jaw extends too far out it is called under-bite.

If any of these issues are occurring in your child’s mouth, you need to contact us today at (307) 789-8742 to schedule a consultation.