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Early or Interceptive Orthodontics reduces length of Orthodontic treatment with fixed braces

An Early Eighteenth Birthday Gift Yor Your Child, Pre-Orthodontics starting at age 5Some children as early as 5 or 6 years of age may benefit from an orthodontic evaluation. Although treatment is unusual at this early age, some preventative treatment may be indicated.

 

By age 7, most children have a mix of baby (primary) and adult (permanent) teeth. Some common orthodontic problems seen in children can be traced to genetics, that is, they may be inherited from their parents. Children may experience dental crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth, and extra or missing teeth and sometimes jaw growth problems.

 

Other malocclusions (literally, “bad bite”) are acquired. In other words, they develop over time. They can be caused by thumb or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor dental hygiene, the early or late loss of baby teeth, accidents or poor nutrition. Trauma and other medical conditions such as birth defects may contribute to orthodontic problems as well. Sometimes an inherited malocclusion is complicated by an acquired problem. Whatever the cause, most conditions can be treated successfully.

 

Orthodontists are trained to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. The advantage for patients of early detection of orthodontic problems is that some problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult. For these reasons, many Orthodontists worldwide recommend that all children get a check-up with an Orthodontist at age 7. While your child’s teeth may appear straight to you, there could be a problem that only an Orthodontist can detect. Of course, the check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, and that is comforting news.

 

Even if a problem is detected, sometimes a “wait-and-see” approach is taken by checking your child from time to time as the permanent teeth come in and the jaws and face continue to grow.

 

For each patient who may need treatment, there is an ideal time for treatment to begin in order to achieve the best results. Our goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.

 

In some cases, early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.

 

Benefits of Early Interceptive Orthodontics

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance and self-esteem
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favourable position
  • Improve the way lips meet

 

It’s not always easy for parents to tell if their child has an orthodontic problem. Here are some signs or habits that may indicate the need for an orthodontic examination:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb sucking
  • Finger sucking
  • Crowding, misplaced or blocked out teeth
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face

 

If any of these problems are noted by parents, regardless of age, it is advisable to have a consult. It is not necessary to wait until age 7 for an orthodontic check-up.

 

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