Benefits of early orthodontic
There is no age limitation for orthodontic treatment and you can have this process at any age, but as it performs earlier on the youngster’s teeth, it leads to better and faster outcomes. Generally, as soon as your child get orthodontic treatments, the chance of improving the growth of your child’s face and jaw is higher and your child can gain benefits of early orthodontic.
Children orthodontic treatment can begin when all milk teeth are gone and most of the permanent teeth are come in their place (around age 9 to14). Although some dental or growth irregularities can treat the kid’s teeth before age 8 and may cause some other problems, so they should treat early.
Before it was believed that children should wait until all their milk teeth lose then apply for orthodontic treatment. But today children orthodontic is recommended for children in the age of 6 to 8 years.
Early orthodontic help to correct kid’s development problems associated with their jaws and teeth. If your child has any of the following condition, a brace may be necessary for your kid.
- Space between teeth
- Missing teeth or extra teeth
- Crooked, crowded or misplaced teeth
- Difficulty in chewing, eating and biting
- Overbite, underbite, and crossbite
- Protruding teeth
- Breathes through the mouth more than the nose
- Jaws and teeth are out of proportion to the rest of the face
Remarkable benefits of early orthodontic treatment
- Correct functional problem including overbite, underbite, and crossbite which can cause jaw pain and dysfunction.
- Helps permanent teeth take better shape, ensure that permanent teeth are properly aligned and provide good oral health.
- Create more space for crowded teeth by expanding the jaw to make enough room for permanent teeth before to erupt through the gums.
- lessen the risk of damage to protruding teeth by aligning them properly. Because children don’t have enough lip coverage to protect their teeth from a knock or fall.
- Improve speech obstruction which causes by the overlap of upper teeth on the bottom teeth and leads to creating a whistling sound.
- Reduce tooth decay and gum disease that may be created by crowding teeth and weaker gums because of serious bite problems.
- Modify habits like tongue thrusting or thumb sucking that may cause developmental problems in the future.
- Improve your child appearance and self-confidence by straightening teeth and creating a beautiful smile.
- Decrease time for phase two treatments by reducing the trauma of protruding teeth and aligning permanent teeth.
Another benefit of early orthodontic is the early identification of the oral problem and having enough time for treating the future orthodontic issue.
Signs your child may benefit from early orthodontic
There are several symptoms that you can find whether your child needs early orthodontic or not including:
- A speech barrier
- Biting or chewing problems
- Early loss of milk teeth
- If your child sucks a thumb or finger after five years’ old
- If your child front teeth are crowded
- When your child upper and lower jaw do not meet normally
What is the proper age for early orthodontic?
Oral hygiene is an important issue during the first 10 years because several structural changes occur during this time. Parents should monitor their children cleaning habits to ensure appropriate growth and maintenance.
Home supervision, as well as dentist visit, can prevent major problems in the future, although some other factors can affect dental health such as genetic, thumb-sucking, poor nutrition, and mouth-breathing. But sometimes children still develop a condition that needs additional care. Tooth decay, crooked teeth or buck teeth, overbite, underbite, and crossbite are the most common dental problems in early ages.
According to the American Association of orthodontic, it is recommended children get their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven. At this age still they have baby teeth and some adult teeth have erupted. More addition because of the baby teeth there is more flexibility in moving the teeth.
If you think your child needs to have children orthodontic treatment, an expert specialist orthodontist can determine the right option and the best time to start treatment.