The goal of orthodontics is to correct the alignment of the teeth for a beautiful smile and healthy bite.1 Braces are often used, but new techniques using retainers and removable plastic mouthpieces can avoid the need for braces.2
When you have young children, you have a lot to think about, and straightened teeth may not be high on the list. However, experts recommend asking your dentist about orthodontics as early as possible3—certainly as soon as your child’s permanent teeth begin to appear.
You should think about orthodontic care if:4
- As teeth enter your child’s mouth, they become tipped, rotated or out of position.
- Your child has a pronounced overbite or underbite.
- Your child sucks a thumb, finger or pacifier past the age of 5.