Early Orthodontic Intervention for Kids
For years, most orthodontic experts and families waited until a child was in their teens to start wearing braces. Today, we understand that orofacial anatomy is significantly affected by the way children’s mouths develop at an early age.
With strategies such as early orthodontic intervention, it’s possible to help children’s mouths develop in a more proper manner, significantly lowering their risk of extensive treatment later on. Sometimes referred to as “growth modification” or “Phase I” braces, early intervention encourages proper orofacial development so that a child’s adult teeth come in at a proper alignment.
When would you want to consider early orthodontic intervention? Here are a few examples.
If Your Child Lost a Tooth “Too Early”
Premature tooth loss can lead to a negative chain-reaction in regard to tooth eruption. Because baby teeth are placeholders and guides for their permanent replacements, losing one too soon can lead to orthodontic complications.
Your Child Has an Open Bite
An open bite is when the front teeth don’t close together when the child’s jaws are shut. There’s an open gap, making it possible to see into the mouth. Open bites and cross bites can lead to speech and diet problems as well as TMJ pain.
There are Speech Concerns
Your child’s orofacial anatomy has a huge impact on the way they’re able to form phonetic sounds. If your child has a speech delay, mention it to our Wantrina South dentists during your child’s next checkup.
Habits like Tongue Thrusting or Finger Sucking
Functional habits such as these can physically alter the way teeth come in. Using strategies to promote proper swallowing movement and discourage finger sucking can prevent complex bite problems before they start.
Orthodontic Evaluations for Children
Studfield Dental Group provides complimentary orthodontic evaluations during all pediatric dental exams. Visit our Wantrina South office today to learn more.