Our Dentists love seeing and treating kids of all ages. Through our many visits with young children, one of the most common misconceptions that our Dentists have noticed is that some parents believe that all their children’s baby teeth had to fall out before any treatment could be done. This is not always correct, Children's Orthodontics may be performed with baby teeth still in tact.
What is Children's Orthodontics?
On average adult teeth can start to appear in children as young as 6 years old. Unfortunately, sometimes they can grow the wrong way or come through at an incorrect angle. Other times the jaw can lock itself in an unusual position and if we do not set it right early this can result in abnormal growth through to adult life. Children's Orthodontics sometimes referred to as Early Orthodontic Treatment allows us to resolve issues before they become big problems.
What are the benefits of Children's Orthodontics?
Early Orthodontic Treatment aims to resolve issues EARLY, before treatment can get more complex and costly. By using either one or several dental appliances, we can treat the root of your child's problem as soon as it occurs before any of the incorrect bites or crooked teeth can produce long-lasting effects.
The dental appliances that we use are easy to wear, can be removable or fixed into place, have low maintenance and have simple instructions for children to follow easily. The choice of the appliance is dependent on your child’s case and your dentist will help guide your family through the process.
Teenagers often do not get their full set of teeth till the age of 12 – 14 years old, which means if your child had anything growing out of place at the age of 6 years old, waiting for “all the baby teeth to fall out” can mean 6 to 8 years of lost opportunity and incorrect bite! Aside from that, there are many more benefits such as:
- High likelihood that braces may not be needed at all
- High chance of avoiding invasive treatment like surgeries
- The costs are less in the long run
- Simplify and facilitate efficiency of future treatments
- Children can still look fabulous and maintain good self-esteem amongst their peers
Does my child need Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Some tell tale signs that your child may need early treatment include:
- Teeth are crooked
- Teeth do not meet properly
- Narrow jaws
- Protruded jaws
- Teeth locked into unusual position
- Difficulty in chewing and biting
- Funny speech
- Thumb sucking