Early orthodontic problems in children
Many parents believe that orthodontics is a treatment option for those who have their permanent adult teeth. The truth is, the earlier your child’s dental issues are addressed, the time spent in orthodontic treatment later on in life should be reduced. There are many issues that can be corrected in your child’s younger years by early intervention.
The main aim of early orthodontic intervention is to identify any problems that are likely to arise in the teeth or jaw and allows for a designed treatment plan to be created for your child.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic intervention?
So, what are the benefits of early orthodontic intervention for your child?
It allows us to identify problems which suggests poor development due to harmful childhood habits.
Your child can experience a number of negative dental habits as they are growing up, such as thumb sucking, long use of dummies (pacifiers) or problems with breathing whilst sleeping. These all can cause problems such as overbites, underbites, jaw issues and can even lead to misaligned or crooked teeth once the teeth start to erupt.
Having early intervention to teeth and jaw alignment.
Ensuring your child’s teeth and jaws are in alignment early can greatly enhance their dental health and aesthetics in later life. Early intervention means we can guide unerupted teeth to their correct position which reduces misaligned or crooked teeth.
Straight and aligned teeth allow for a cleaner, healthier mouth.
When teeth are not aligned properly, it can cause problems as there are areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or with floss, which leads to a build-up of decay. When teeth are aligned properly, it is easier to maintain an optimum oral health routine with cleaning and flossing, resulting in an overall healthier mouth.
Reduce the need for serious orthodontic treatment later in life.
When children start school and start to become aware of their appearance, they might not want orthodontic treatment. With early intervention, if a problem is identified early and can be treated, it should reduce the need for orthodontic treatment later. Meaning when they get into the teen years, they have a smile they are proud to show off.
Early intervention orthodontics are a way for the dentist to ‘nip in the bud’ any problems they see arising in the future. This allows for a much smoother transition from their baby milk teeth into their permeant adult teeth.
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