Dental Problems with Growing Children
To have a perfect smile, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned. There are a lot of Dental Problems with Growing Children that have to watch over. Many parents assume they should wait to begin orthodontic treatment until the child has all of his or her permanent teeth, only to find that treatment would have been much easier if it started earlier. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct while the jaw is still growing. It is recommended that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven.
12 signs that your child may need orthodontic treatment
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Finger sucking or other oral habits
- Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
- Speech difficulty
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Teeth that stick out too far
- Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
- Upper and lower jaws that don’t line up
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
Why age seven?
By that time, enough permanent teeth have erupted for an orthodontist to determine whether any problems are present. Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and erupting teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Even though your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. A check-up may identify a growth and development problem of the child’s jaw and will help to begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child.
Orthodontic evaluation at an early age has the following positive outcomes:
- Early identification of problems will lead to easier or shorter orthodontic treatment in the future.
- The orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
- For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma. Also, crooked teeth are hard to clean leading to poor oral hygiene.
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Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips, and face
Through early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy and beautiful smile.
If your child is older than seven, it’s still not too late for a check-up. Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.
What kind of practice to look for your child’s orthodontic treatment?
It is important to make sure every child feels comfortable getting check-ups before the actual treatment is needed. Regardless of the type of treatment needed, the key to making sure that your child has the best dental experience possible which begins with a great dentist/patient relationship. We at Dental Aesthetics take the time to make sure your child feels safe and comfortable so they will actually enjoy visiting the orthodontist. Our goal is to treat your children as if they were our own, by providing them with the best possible orthodontic care.
At Dental Aesthetics we work closely with the child’s general dentist and orthodontist to form a treatment plan for children. We believe in building a relationship with your child, and a principle of working with the family to determine the optimum time to begin treatment to achieve the best possible result.
As a parent, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a pleasing smile.