As your child grows up, their baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth. While this is happening, your child’s jaw and face continues to mature. Some people think that the best time for orthodontic treatment is after these growth changes are complete. Actually, addressing malocclusion issues in their early stages prevents bigger problems later.
According to the American Association of Orthodontics, your child’s first orthodontic checkup should be at the first sign of an issue – or before the age of seven at the latest. At that age, your child’s adult teeth are in the process of replacing their baby teeth. Since any issues typically start showing symptoms by this point, it is the best time for an early orthodontic evaluation. Of course, such an early age might not be the best time to apply the treatment. The Marconi Dental Group keeps you up to date with any findings, and makes sure to discuss the likely need for future treatments. Certain problems, however, are best resolved with early or immediate treatment.
When Treatment is Necessary
Severe Crossbite: There is where the upper and lower teeth do not align properly – for instance, if upper molars are not sitting flush on top of lower molars on one side of your jawline. With early detection, we offer certain devices that gradually correct the problem with very little discomfort. Waiting to address the problem until later might require heavier treatments, like oral surgery.
Tooth Crowding: When your child’s permanent teeth start coming in before your child’s jaw is big enough to accommodate them, crowding becomes an issue. The Marconi Dental Group offers orthodontic procedures that manage the issue. Although your child might still need additional orthodontics later, addressing the issue at an early age greatly reduces how long any future treatments must last.
Protruding Teeth: Commonly called “buck teeth,” this malocclusion often affects a child’s self-image. Protruding teeth also cause difficulty with chewing, swallowing, and speaking ability. Early detection and treatment helps to avoid oral surgery, which might be the only option if ignored until adult life.
Early orthodontic checkups can also detect habits and behaviors that are problematic – for example, thumb sucking or mouth breathing during sleep. With the help of our dentists, families are able to modify behaviors that cause significant dental problems in the future. For more assistance, please contact us to schedule an early orthodontic checkup.