Understanding Orthodontic Treatments
Orthodontics covers the study, diagnosis, and treatment of teeth misalignment as well as jaw and facial abnormalities. By utilizing different techniques and appliances orthodontists will be able to correct these problems which disfigure the patients’ mouth and/or face. Undergoing treatment does not only improve the patients’ overall appearance but it also improves major functionalities of the mouth such as speaking and chewing.
If these problems are left untreated the patients’ teeth may wear down faster than expected and they may become more difficult to clean and maintain. Hence, tooth decay and gingivitis are common to those who have misalignment problems. Aside from that, untreated orthodontic problems can also cause the gums to recede and bone loss in both jaws. Once this happens pain and discomfort are felt by the patients. Furthermore, these problems do not go away after a few weeks or months. These problems get worse as time passes. Consulting your orthodontist who will work closely with your dentist can prevent these issues.
Advantages of Starting Treatment at an Early Age
There are various advantages to starting orthodontic treatment at an early age. Alleviating crowding, maintaining necessary space for permanent teeth and evaluating for missing permanent teeth are all advantageous at a young age. Since the teeth and jaws of a young patient are still growing it is easier to move them using slight pressure from dental appliances. A child’s teeth and jaws are not fully developed when compared to an adult’s therefore the duration of orthodontic treatment is shorter and more predictable in most cases.
Indicators That There is a Need for Treatment
So what are the indicators that your child needs to see an orthodontist? Among the most obvious indicators include deep bite, under bite, and open bite. These conditions may come from thumb-sucking, overcrowding, mismatched teeth or jaw size discrepancies. Overcrowded teeth are difficult to clean and are prone to tooth decay. On the other hand some teeth are too big or too small for the jaw which may be a congenital or inherited problem. In some cases the upper and the lower jaws do not match with each other requiring upper jaw expansion.
The aforementioned are a few examples in which there is a need to consult an orthodontist. In general, any misalignment problems should be taken care of as early as possible in order to prevent it from worsening. The ADA and AAO recommend all children be seen by an orthodontist around age 7 to prevent these issues from having a detrimental effect on the teeth and jaws.
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