As your child grows, you may notice that their teeth shift or do not grow in completely straight. This can sometimes create “bad bites,” or cases where one row of teeth does not properly meet the row of teeth on the opposing jaw. A bad bite often makes teeth difficult to clean and can cause problems with chewing, talking, grinding and clenching of teeth, misaligned jaws, and in some cases, tooth decay and loss.
If your child’s teeth are crooked, overlapping, protrusive, too crowded, do not meet, or are spaced too far apart, our dentists may recommend that you meet with an orthodontist. We are pleased to offer the services of Dr. Gerald Wesley, a board-certified orthodontist, at our office. Orthodontists specialize in preventing and correcting bad bites. They use special treatments, such as braces, aligners, and retainers, to correct and stabilize teeth, helping to create a healthy bite, making it easier to bite, chew, and speak, and preventing problems with the jaw and the decay of teeth further down the road.
We invite you to contact our team of talented pediatric dentists here at Growing Smiles to learn more about orthodontics in Richmond, Michigan, and what we can do to ensure your child’s smile grows healthy, beautiful, and strong. We look forward to working with your family and improving your overall oral health.