Benefits of early orthodontic treatment for your kids
Nov 1, 2016
Children between ages 8 to 10 is around the best age to allow an orthodontist to evaluate their teeth to see whether early treatment is required.
If some form of condition is found, parents can begin their children on preventative treatments as it presents the opportunity for an orthodontist to have control over the development of the children’s permanent teeth. The benefit that comes in by addressing the shape of the jaw and the health of their teeth.
At the age of around 8 years, the mouth has grown and has enough sound structure to know how it’s going to increase because it’s when adult teeth will begin to emerge. It allows the orthodontist to predict their teeth’s development.
Why early Orthodontic Treatment is important
Early orthodontic treatment is important because it can help prevent more serious dental issues from developing.
By starting treatment at an early age, orthodontists can guide the growth of the jaw and teeth, which can prevent overcrowding and other issues that may require more complex treatment later. Orthodontic issues that are left untreated can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems that can affect a child’s overall health and well-being.
Early orthodontic treatment is important is that it can help improve a child’s self-esteem. Children with crooked or misaligned teeth may feel self-conscious and avoid smiling or speaking in public. By correcting these issues early, children can feel more confident and comfortable in social situations.
How to know if your child needs early Orthodontic Treatment
The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation between age 8-10. However, there are some signs that may indicate that your child needs orthodontic treatment earlier, such as:
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Speech problems
- Early loss of baby teeth or late eruption of adult teeth
- Mouth breathing or snoring
- Protruding front teeth
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Facial Imbalance
- Thumb Sucking
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to schedule an evaluation with an orthodontist as soon as possible.
Common Orthodontic problems in Children
There are several common orthodontic problems that children may experience. One of the most common is overcrowding, which occurs when there is not enough room in the jaw for all the teeth to grow in properly. This can cause teeth to become crooked or misaligned, which can lead to other dental issues.
Malocclusion is another problem, which is the misalignment of the teeth or jaw. Malocclusions can cause problems with biting, chewing, and speaking, and can also lead to headaches and other discomfort.
Other orthodontic problems that children may experience include protruding teeth, gaps between teeth, and overbites or underbites.
Orthodontic treatment can help correct these issues and prevent more serious dental problems from developing.
How early Orthodontic Treatment can prevent future issues
Early orthodontic treatment can prevent future dental issues by correcting problems before they become more serious. By guiding the growth of the jaw and teeth, orthodontists can prevent overcrowding and misalignment, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
Early orthodontic treatment can also improve a child’s overall health and well-being. By correcting orthodontic problems early, children can avoid other health issues that can arise from poor oral hygiene, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Advantages of early Orthodontic Treatment for your child
With early orthodontic treatment, the benefits to your children teeth health includes:
- Guiding the growth of the jaw to promote facial symmetry
- Create space for crowded teeth
- Reduce bad oral habits
- Prevent jaws/teeth development flaws leading to bad bites or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
- Reduce future treatment time when braces are required (Saves time and money)
- Improves patient self-esteem
- Proper chewing and biting
Types of braces for children
There are several types of braces that can be used for children.
- Traditional Metal Braces
The most common type of braces used for children. These braces consist of metal brackets that are attached to the teeth and connected by wires. Metal braces are effective for correcting most orthodontic problems and are the most affordable option.
- Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are like metal braces, but the brackets are made of a clear or tooth-colored material that is less noticeable than metal. Ceramic braces are a good option for children who are concerned about the appearance of metal braces.
- Invisalign for Children
Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit over the teeth. The aligners are removable and must be worn for at least 22 hours a day. Invisalign is a good option for children who are concerned about the appearance of braces and want a more discreet option.
Invest in your Children Future with early Orthodontic Treatment
Early treatment is a preventive measure which sets the foundation for the development of healthy teeth and gums. Early interventions are often easier to correct (while the child’s jawbone is soft) than later in their life.
Your children will thank you in the future (hopefully) with their beautiful and charming smiles.