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How to Correct a Child’s Bite?

The main reason for serious deformities is the insufficient control of the occlusion by the parents and the failure to observe the schedule of visits to the dentist Bite problems are familiar to many adults. The main reason for serious deformities is the insufficient control of the occlusion by the parents and the non-observance of the schedule of visits to the dentist. Any difficulties with a bite can be more convenient and faster solved in childhood.

Why is bite monitoring important from an early age?

One of the main causes of malocclusion is heredity. If parents and grandparents have problems, then the child needs a regular visit to the dentist. Most likely, the curvature will be noticeable already with the appearance of the first milk teeth. Do not wait for their change to permanent – early correction is considered one of the most effective approach to deal with it.

Even if the whole family is distinguished by even strong teeth, teach your child the correct articulation. There are frequent cases of deformation of 1-2 teeth due to a constant incorrect position of the tongue. Also, the cause of the curvature can be premature extraction of milk teeth, trauma, malnutrition, bad habits, such as prolonged sucking of the nipples, fingers and lip sucking.

Signs of malocclusion in a child:

  • Teeth come forward or come back.
  • Separate teeth rotated along its axis
  • Large gaps between teeth
  • Incorrect jaw closure
  • Irregularities in a number of teeth are visible to the eye.

How to correct a child’s bite?

Consult a doctor orthodontist no later than 5-6 years of age. Half the success is to start bite correction with deciduous teeth. The specialist will determine the method of correcting the bite, taking into account the individual characteristics of the child.

Today are widely used:


A comfortable technique for correcting malocclusion without braces, using special exercises. They train facial and chewing muscles, can be used from 4 years. During classes, adult control is necessary.


From the age of 6 it is possible to use trainers and records. Depending on the degree of curvature, removable or fixed structures are chosen. The plates can be removed during eating, brushing and sleeping, but you need to wear constantly the rest of the time. Trainers are devices for temporary wearing, for example, for 3-4 hours daily, they are used for crowding of teeth and the appearance of gaps between them. Braces can only be installed on permanent teeth from 12 years. If bite correction measures were taken in a timely manner, and exercises and wearing corrective devices were regular, then the problem can be solved before this time.

Surgical method.

It is used for severe anomalies associated not only with the location and growth of teeth, but also with the development of skull bones. The operation is performed under anesthesia and the jaw is fixed with special inserts, after which a splint is applied for constant wear for 2-3 weeks.

How to prevent malocclusion in children?

Some ways to prevent malocclusions in children include:

  • During pregnancy, you need to eat foods rich in fluoride and calcium.
  • For artificial feeding, choose orthopedic nipples.
  • In the diet of the child should be enough solid food (carrots, apples, nuts)
  • Watch the child’s breathing through the nose – if it is difficult, consult a doctor.
  • Visit the dentist 2 times a year, even without complaints. This will allow you to constantly monitor the development of the bite.

Contact Bright Star Sapphire Dental in Fair Lawn, NJ

If you have any additional questions about correcting the bite of your child please don’t hesitate to contact Bright Star Sapphire Dental! Dr. Boris Kleyman & Dr. Denada Kleyman, our Fair Lawn dentists, would be happy to help.

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