In our orthodontist office, we regularly suggest that children come in to discuss an early orthodontic treatment. While it is true that most children do not get braces until they are older, it is possible for us to take steps at a young age which can impact the need to have an orthodontic treatment later on.
In some cases, early intervention can shorten the amount of time a child will need to spend wearing braces in the future. In other situations, they can eliminate the need for them to have orthodontic treatments at all.
Common signs a child can benefit from an early orthodontic treatment
#1. A knocked out tooth
Teeth should fall out naturally when the next tooth is ready to come in. There is a process to this and when it gets disrupted because of an accident or infection, it can create problems. When a tooth falls out because it is knocked out, it could take years for the next tooth to come in. This is an issue because the surrounding teeth will then begin to move out of their position and encroach upon the open space that is supposed to be reserved for the new tooth.
By the time the tooth is ready to descend, space can be gone or there might not be enough of it. This can result in a tooth coming in crooked or sideways or even in front or behind of other teeth. Through various treatment methods like spacers and an expander, we can help to prevent this problem.
#2. Teeth are growing in sideways, on top or behind other ones
A clear indication that there is simply not enough space in a child’s mouth is if teeth start to grow in funny. It is very obvious and easy to tell when this is taking place and it is a clear indication that a trip to our orthodontist office is in order. We can take certain steps to create more room in the pallet so that as additional teeth grow in, they have room.
This can reduce the number of teeth that are severely crooked which will improve a child’s appearance while also decreasing the amount of time a child will need to spend wearing braces in the future.
#3. Their jaw is too far forward, backward or closes at an odd angle
If a child’s jaw is out of alignment, it will be obvious when they speak, smile or simply have their face in a relaxed position. It can be fairly easy for a parent to identify if the jaw is too far forward or backward. However, a cross-bite can be more difficult to detect and typically needs the assistance of an orthodontist to do so.
When a jaw is out of alignment, a child will need braces in the future but there may be things we can do to ease their comfort while they wait.
Visit for an early orthodontic treatment
Improving your child’s oral health and appearance may begin with a trip to our orthodontist office. You can bring them in for an appointment as early as 7 and even though we will not recommend braces at that time, there may be early treatment solutions we can recommend.
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