5 Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment & Signs It is Needed
Early orthodontic or Phase One treatment involves scheduling an orthodontic appointment for children around age 7, as a way of potentially solving problems before they become more serious. This is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and it is a proven strategy. Learn about signs a child should see an orthodontist and five benefits of early treatment below.
Signs that a Child May Benefit from Early Orthodontic Treatment
It’s at about age 7 that the first adult teeth start coming in. Orthodontists are able to catch serious issues early, such as a narrow jaw, a crossbite, protruding teeth, and malocclusion, which means a misaligned bite. An orthodontist can provide treatment that can make it possible for teeth to emerge through the gums in better positions than they would with no intervention. If your regular dentist recommends that you take your child to see an orthodontist, chances are, early orthodontic treatment is needed. There are many other signs that you can recognize yourself, which serve as indicators that interceptive orthodontics would be beneficial, including the following:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Shifting of the jaws when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty speaking and/or chewing
- Open bite, cross-bite, deep bite, or protruding teeth
- Protruding or recessed jaws
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Crowded or misplaced teeth
- Sucking on fingers past age 5
- Lack of facial symmetry
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
Complete dental X-rays taken around age 7 can provide orthodontists with clear warning signs of future dental problems. Some of the treatments that could be provided up to about age 9 to 14 aren’t possible later, after the jaws and face have stopped the growth process. Learn more about benefits of early orthodontic treatment below.
1-Jaw Growth Guidance
Early treatment can take advantage of continued jaw growth. The jaw can be adjusted and guided, to avoid further damage to the bite or to correct or avoid further jaw damage. In many cases, a child’s appearance can be improved.
2-Corrects Crooked Teeth
When X-rays show that permanent teeth will come in crooked, Phase One treatment can provide the appropriate correction. Crooked teeth can be prevented from developing. This is achieved by creating needed space for permanent teeth to successfully erupt.
3-Treats Orthodontic Problems
Early orthodontic treatment can help to avoid problems with your child’s teeth and bite. Such issues as overbites, crossbites, crowding, spacing, and underbites can all be most effectively treated at an early stage.
4-Future Orthodontic Treatments Can Be Eliminated
The goal of early orthodontic treatment is to correct or improve dental problems so that any future needs for treatment or intervention are lessened. It is sometimes possible to avoid the need for braces that would otherwise have been required.
5-Helps with Self-Esteem
Correcting dental problems can improve a child’s self-esteem. At any age, people tend to feel self-conscious and often hide their smiles, when there are problems with the teeth. When your child has Phase One treatment, their confidence and self-esteem can be strengthened.
Schedule an Orthodontic
Your child’s best opportunity to develop excellent oral health and a perfect smile is with early orthodontic treatment. Contact Woodbridge Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics today at 905-264-1543 to book an appointment.