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Did you know you can reduce your child’s chances of having a misaligned smile when they’re older? Well, it’s true. There are things you can do to make that the case, and our orthodontist, Dr. Steven Jung, is happy to tell you all about them.

The first is by keeping an eye on your child’s oral fixation habits. Thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and using a binky can increase your child’s chances of having a misaligned smile. This is because they all affect the development of the jaw and they add undue pressure to the teeth, which can make them shift. So, please help your child quit these habits if they have them. If you need help with this task, feel free to talk to our orthodontist.

The second is by bringing your child into our office at an early age. It’s recommended to bring your child in for a consultation by the time they are 7 years old. This is because the appointment can allow our orthodontist to examine the mouth and ensure everything is on track. If it’s not, he can give you the tips you need to help your child.

The third is by using space maintainers. Space maintainers can work wonders when it comes to keeping your child’s teeth in the right spots. They are often needed when they have large teeth that are tough for your child’s jaw to hold or they have baby teeth that just won’t fall out. These maintainers can keep the teeth in their correct positions and prevent any overlapping and crowding issues.

To learn more about how to help your child have a straight smile in Tracy, California, please reach out to our dental team at Steven Jung, DMD, MS. All you need to do is dial 209-835-0977 at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from and assisting you!