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How can I tell if I need orthodontic care? How can I tell if my child does?

Chances are, if you’re an adult you already know there are some issues with your bite or tooth alignment. Perhaps your smile just isn’t as attractive as you might like it to be, or perhaps you have trouble reaching and cleaning some of your teeth. Either way, an orthodontic recommendation probably will not come as news to you.

However, as your child’s teeth develop, you might not be certain whether or not anything is wrong. Fortunately, there are some ways to tell whether a child will need orthodontic treatment, either now, or in the future.

First, look at the child’s habits. Thumb sucking, nail biting, and pencil chewing are all habits which could lead to orthodontic problems later. Try to discourage your children from engaging in these behaviors as much as possible.

You can also simply perform a visual inspection of your child’s teeth. Look for crooked teeth, gapped teeth or overlapping teeth. Ask your child to bite down for you so you can see if the teeth line up nicely.

Of course, if you’re coming to Yonkers Avenue Dental for regular check-ups we will usually just tell you if there’s a problem. That’s one advantage of trusting a general dentist with your family’s dental health.