Mommy's Time Out Magazine November Issue - Page 14
breathing, which affects the position of the tongue. An untreated crossbite can lead to enamel
wear, loose teeth, receding gums, facial asymmetry and a condition called TMJ, which can cause
headaches, lockjaw and neck and shoulder pain.
An open bite is when the top teeth do not touch the bottom teeth,
even when the mouth is closed. Open bites are often caused by
extended pacifier or bottle use or prolonged thumb-sucking. In
addition to affecting the child’s smile, an open bite can also cause a
lisp when speaking.
If your child displays any of the above issues, had early or late loss of baby teeth, has difficulty
chewing or biting, has a speech impediment, shifts her jaw when she closes her mouth, breathes
through her mouth, or if you have other concerns about your her teeth or jaw development, your
child may greatly benefit from early orthodontic treatment. Another possible benefit of early
treatment – at a young age your child is more likely to view braces with excitement instead of angst!