The Merrillville location will be relocating in early 2019. Download PDF For More Information


Lowell 219-552-8365 194 Deanna Drive Lowell, Indiana 46356
St. John 219-440-6512 Wicker Professional Center 8626 Wicker Avenue St. John, Indiana 46373
Michigan City 219-809-6584 Woodland North 1401 Woodland Avenue Michigan City, Indiana 46360
Portage 219-841-7795 3110 Willowcreek Road Portage, Indiana 46368
Munster 219-961-3085 Plaza del Prado 9335 Calumet Avenue Munster, Indiana 46321
Valparaiso 219-263-0719 Chandana Point 1610 Pointe Drive Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
Home > Blog > Why Your Child Needs Early Orthodontic Treatment

Why Your Child Needs Early Orthodontic Treatment

February 20, 2013

You may not have decided to send your child for orthodontic treatment; but seeing your kid with deformed teeth is also not good. Kids are special cases because their teeth are still developing.  Failure to fix any misalignment or deformity early on may lead to more serious problems.

Teeth deformities in children are caused by many factors such as thumb sucking, lip habits, inability to breathe through the nose due to allergies, or simply poor teeth development. Start observing your child’s teeth and do not hesitate to visit the orthodontist if you feel the need for it. Read on to find out more about these developmental deformities.

Thumb Sucking

Your kids often engage in thumb sucking for comfort. This should be a concern, however. Persistent thumb sucking affects the development of your kid’s teeth and this may result in:

– A reshaped jawbone (because they are soft and pliable in nature)
– Narrow dental arches
– Protruding front teeth
– Misaligned teeth
– “Open bites” that need extensive orthodontic treatment to fix

It’s natural for your kids to thumb suck at an early age. Long-term thumb sucking, on the other hand, is a serious matter and may affect the development of their teeth.


A crossbite occur when the top teeth do not align with the bottom teeth. This is due to severe tongue thrusting and may often result in crooked teeth. Dentists may recommend jaw surgery if your child has a severe crossbite case.

Crowding teeth

This is a condition where the teeth are misaligned and tend to overlap in certain areas of the gums. Crowding teeth may lead to other problems like tooth decay, plaque and bacteria build-up, and gum recession. This is why fixing your kid’s teeth alignment is important.

Orthodontic Affiliates offers treatments for your kid’s teeth deformities. Contact us for questions and to set an appointment.

How Can We Help You?

Get our Free Special Report!

Learn about how 21st century orthodontics can give you the smile of your dreams. Just enter your email below and we’ll promptly send it to you!