How Can I Minimize Tooth Misalignment in My Child?

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Having a crooked smile is quite inconvenient, but fortunately, orthodontics can help you align your teeth and achieve the smile of your dreams. However, did you know there are things you can do at an early age to minimize tooth misalignment? Well, it’s true, which is why our orthodontist, Dr. Pierson, encourages you to do those things so your child can have a good chance of having a straight and healthy smile.

No. 1: Keep an eye out for any oral fixation habits your child has. Habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and pacifier use can all affect the growth and development of the mouth when they are prolonged. This is because they add undue pressure to the mouth and teeth and make them shift and move. So, if your child has one or more of these habits, it’s best to help them quit. Dr. Pierson can help you do so if necessary.

No. 2: Bring your child into our office at an early age for a consultation. If you bring your child in for their first consultation at  7 years old, there is a good chance our orthodontist can catch any issues early on. At that point, he will let you know if there are any issues of concern that would need to be treated or your child would be inducted into our Pierson Pack Club, where they would come in for observation appointments to monitor tooth development.

For more information on how to help your child have a straight smile in San Antonio, TX, please call Pierson Orthodontics at 210-695-1116. Our dental team will be happy to tell you all we know so we can help you help your child!