Sullivan Dental Center

How Children can Negatively Impact their Smile’s Alignment and Methods of Treatment

Orthodontics St. Francisville, LAChildren are often excited to visit Sullivan Dental Center because of our child-focused playroom and friendly, engaging environment. Many parents bring their children to our practice because they may be worried about the early alignment of the teeth.

What causes bad alignment of the teeth?

There are several reasons why patients may be faced with poor alignment. First and foremost, genetics play an important role. If a parent has had issues such as poor bite alignment or misaligned teeth within the smile, it may carry through to future generations. This is commonly caused by small jaws or overcrowding of the adult teeth. However, there are some situations in which children may be contributing to their poor alignment. This may occur with children who excessively use a pacifier during day and night, as well as children who suck their thumb. This can cause a variety of issues within the smile, which makes it incredibly important for parents to monitor their children and make note of any changes which may impede better oral health and wellness.

How can bite alignment be fixed?

Adult teeth need to be properly aligned for proper bite lineup and for overall appearance. Children should be evaluated at a rather early age for intervention with orthodontics. Patients as young as seven can start orthodontic services to ensure their smile looks its best. Orthodontic treatment is used to reposition teeth, and may be done in conjunction with permanent extraction of excess teeth if necessary. If our dentists have a concern regarding a child’s alignment, it will be brought up with parents during an evaluation.

Schedule a visit today!

If you are concerned about your child’s tooth alignment and want to speak to the professionals at the Sullivan Dental Center, we encourage you to book an appointment at our practice to learn more. Drs. Frank Sullivan, Clay Couvillon, and Candice Sullivan are committed to providing entire families with the dental care they need to achieve and maintaining beautiful smiles. Call the office today at (225) 635-4422 and visit the practice at 5436 Commerce Street in St. Francisville, LA to schedule your initial consultation to learn more about the services provided in our pediatric dentistry center.

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