Early Orthodontic Prevention and Treatment
What is the difference between early and regular orthodontic treatment, and why could my child require early treatment? In what ways can starting treatment as soon as feasible benefit my child’s health?
Parents of children who require early treatment usually have a lot of questions starting with when to visit the orthodontist for the first time. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) advises children as early as seven to visit an orthodontist. The orthodontist will decide whether or not your child need orthodontic treatment during this session.
Early treatment (also known as Phase One) begins when children are eight or nine years old (Phase Two will begin around age 11 or older). Certain biting disorders, such as an underbite, may be avoided or corrected if treated early. As a consequence, if treatment is started early enough, extractions will become less common in the future.
Signs your child may benefit from early treatment.
- Infant tooth loss, either early or late (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five, and will have all permanent teeth around age 13)
- Child has trouble biting or chewing.
- Breathing via the mouth
- Even at the age of five, your kid may still be sucking his or her thumb.
- Speech difficulties
- Top and bottom teeth that protrude from each other
- Teeth that do not fit together correctly
- Jaw movement when your kid opens or shuts his or her mouth (crossbites)
What are the most prevalent causes of orthodontic difficulties, and why should treatment begin as soon as possible?
Teeth alignment and bite issues may be caused by trauma to the mouth, tooth loss at an early or late age, or thumb sucking. All of these factors might contribute to orthodontic issues such as crowding and overcrowding.
Most children have lost all of their baby teeth by the time they reach their teens, and their jaw bones have ceased developing. Adults who did not receive early treatment may need tooth extraction or oral surgery. If a child receives orthodontic treatment as a youngster, he or she may not need it as an adult.
If your child is between the ages of 7 and 8 and seems to need orthodontic treatment, or if your family dentist has recommended a visit to the orthodontist, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. While keeping you in mind, our specialists will do an initial examination of your kid and speak with you about the best methods to care for your child’s smile.