Take Care of Your Child with Early Orthodontic Treatment
Children usually lose their baby teeth by the time they reach the age of 13. By the time they complete their teenage years, the jaw bones will become hard and stop growing. There are also orthodontic procedures for adults that may consist of oral surgery or tooth extraction. If your child needs orthodontic treatment they receive it at an early stage, it may prevent the need to consult an orthodontist in future thus, lessening the chance of extraction or surgery to be done.
Several orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, jawbone issues, protruding teeth, too much gaps between them and bad bites can be caused due to early or late teeth loss of your body, thumb-sucking or injury to your mouth. If your child is between the age-group of seven to eight years and shows symptoms of orthodontic care and treatment, take them to the orthodontist at our Dulwich Dental office immediately. They will conduct an initial examination of your child’s mouth and discuss necessary steps to be taken for keeping the beautiful smile forever.
How to know if your child needs early orthodontic treatment
They may lose their teeth either at an early or a late stage. Children should lose their teeth when they are around five and have permanent set of teeth once they are thirteen years old.
- Difficulty in biting and chewing
- Sucking thumb even after five years
- Mouth breathing
- Speech obstruction
- Protruding teeth
- Jaw shifting during crossbites
- Crowded front teeth around seven to eight years
Early orthodontic treatment guide will help you to:
- Reduce the risks associated with trauma to protruded front teeth
- Check habits like tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, lip wedging
- Improve your appearance and self–esteem
- Give favorable position to permanent teeth
- Change the way your lips meet
Get in touch with an orthodontist if you are looking to put on braces for your child’s teeth.
How your child benefit from orthodontic treatment
- Palatal Expansion — Early expansion will fix the problem of cross bites and create enough space for teeth that may or may not become crooked. It reduces lower jaw shifts that may cause lower jaw to grow off in one side.
- Maxillary Protraction — Underbites are usually caused by upper jaw or maxilla that do not grow in the same way, it should. These bones can easily be reshaped in case of children. Maxillary protraction makes upper jaw grow forward and correct the bite of your kid.
- Partial Braces — They are applied at the four front teeth if they are crowded in a 7–9 years old child. The front teeth can be straightened quickly (say 3–6 months), that helps in improving the appearance and creating space for back or posterior teeth.
- Space Maintenance — Space maintainers are appliances that help in the eruption of posterior permanent teeth. This causes them to erupt straighter than they normally would.
Early orthodontic treatment will help in improving your your child’s smile at an early age and boost their confidence.