Treatment using early prevention
Orthodontic treatment during childhood:
There is a big difference between adopting early orthodontic treatment and getting regular orthodontic treatment as a young adult or teenager. Many parents have questions as to how kids will deal with treatment over the course of their lives if they receive it early.
Many experts would recommend the kids go to see an orthodontist around the age of seven. This is one of the best times to determine whether or not the child is ready for orthodontic treatment. This phase 1 treatment usually won’t begin until the child turns eight or nine years old. This is where adjustments such as removing teeth can be made to make sure that teeth aren’t crowded. An orthodontist can also make adjustments to the jaw in the early stages to make sure that it grows in correctly. The second stage of treatment will usually happen around the age of 11 and this will include orthodontic appliances to straighten teeth. Getting children in for early treatment is one of the best ways to lessen the amount of work that they will need in the future.
How to identify if a child will require orthodontic treatment:
- Kids should begin losing their baby teeth around the age of five and should have all of their permanent teeth by the age of 13. If you find as though your children aren’t losing any baby teeth or they have lost all of their baby teeth early, this can lead to orthodontic problems.
- Children may have difficulty chewing their food or biting down correctly.
- Children may regularly grieve using only their mouths.
- Extended finger or thumb sucking past the age of five.
- Teeth that extend away from each jaw line.
- Speech difficulties or impediments.
- A cross bite or shift in the jaw that will make a clicking sound when your child opens and closes their mouth.
- Crowding in the teeth.
- A strange configuration of teeth.
What causes these problems to start?
Besides of orthodontic problems can begin for any number of reasons. Sometimes it can be caused by bad habits such as finger sucking, sometimes as a result of an injury, or even just due to genetics. It is not uncommon for kids to have late or early loss of their baby teeth and this can be a serious factor in determining orthodontic health.
Early treatment is a big factor in reducing the amount of orthodontic treatment that someone will need to receive as a teenager or an adult. As the jaw line forms it can be more difficult to manipulate, and specialty extraction of adult teeth may be required as well as surgery if early prevention does not take place.
If your family dentist is recommended that your child go and see an orthodontist, or you feel as though your child may need an orthodontist is very important to call into our practice to schedule an appointment right away. We can take you through the entire process from the initial exam, to the treatments that may be required to give your child the perfect smile.