A bad bite is when the teeth are crowded, crooked, or out of line, or the jaws do not meet properly. A bad bite may be noticed as early as 2 years of age on the child’s teeth, but it is usually seen between the ages of 6 and 12, when adult teeth are starting to come in.

Early Treatment may help prevent a bad bite or make it less severe

A smile pediatric dentistry office will check your child’s bite at every visit, which is another reason why regular dental appointments for children are important. If treatment to correct a child’s bite is needed, our dentists may refer you to an orthodontist, which we have in house. Our orthodontist specializes in treating bite problems. Treatment to correct a bite usually begins children are between 8 and 14 years old.