The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

When it comes to taking care of your child's oral health, you may think you are doing enough. Getting them to brush twice a day and floss once a day may seem like heading in the right direction. But a lot is happening at a level that you can not see, and that development could lead to dental problems down the road. Did you know that you can reduce the amount of oral treatment they may need later on? It's true!

Whatever you have received a referral from your dentist, or you think it would just be a safer route to schedule on your own, it might be time to call and make that first appointment. In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, seeing the specialist may provide huge benefits.

Getting Started
Children should have their first appointment with the specialist when they are 7 years old. Not many people even think of braces when it comes to taking care of their child's teeth. That is, at least, until they notice that there is a problem. By then, there might be more intensive treatment plans that are necessary.

By getting your child started in early treatment, you might be saving them from years of embarrassing issues associated with their teeth and smile. You may reduce or prevent more aggressive necessary treatments later on to correct oral issues. Your specialist can also prevent poor oral habits or are correct them as soon as possible.

When you get your child started in early treatment, the foundation for a healthy mouth and beautiful smile is being laid. The specialist can essentially keep an eye on their oral development at every stage and address concerns sooner, rather than later. The more you can do to help guide your child to a healthy smile and teeth, the better off they will be!

Problem Areas
Having a nice smile gives a child a great deal of confidence. They smile more, feel great doing so, and they avoid feeling ashamed, like some do that have oral problems. Often times, children who suffer from crooked teeth or jaws may be teased or have lower self-confidence as a result.

An important condition that early orthodontic treatment can help address is a deep over bite, which is otherwise known as "buck teeth." While children who have this condition may grow up being teased and feeling embarrassed, the specialist might be able to help correct it through early orthodontic treatment.

Some of the more common early orthodontic treatments that may help children include:

  • Braces. Some children may benefit from having braces, even partial ones, at an early age. They correct cross bites and prevent damage to supporting structures.
  • Palatal Expander. This can correct severe cross bite.
  • Headgear. This can correct buck teeth.
  • Face Mask. This is a treatment that can correct an under bite.

Getting Started
Crooked and crowded teeth are often an inherited condition. Because it usually runs in families, if you have a family history of it, you especially make a prime candidate for getting your child into the specialist for early exams and treatment.

Yet heredity issues are not the only way that problems with the teeth occur. Some additional reasons that children may have dental problems include accidents, thumb-sucking, or early loss of their primary teeth. There are many issues that can contribute to your child having problems with their teeth. But the good news is that they can usually be addressed, even at an early age!

To get started with getting your child into the orthodontist, simply arrange a consultation. The treatments and guidance that they receive today may help save them from years of embarrassment and possibly more intestinal treatment later. When it comes to children's oral health care, prevention and early detection is key!

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