It's NEVER Too Late to PERFECT Your SMILE
As a parent, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a pleasing smile.
This should start with regular dental care. The American Dental Association recommends that a child visit the family dentist by his or her first birthday, while baby (primary) teeth are emerging. Your dentist can alert you to any concerns about how the teeth and jaws are developing.
To have a smile that’s good for life, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned — in other words, a healthy bite. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. By then, your child’s teeth have developed enough to where subtle problems can be spotted with jaw growth and emerging teeth.
Choosing the Optimal time for treatment
While Orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are treated early. If it appears that treatment will be needed, your orthodontist can advise you as to the ideal time to begin. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Improve the way the lips meet
Signs the bite is not right
It’s not always easy to tell when your child has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a problem bite. Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Breathing through the mouth
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that are too far forward or back
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Upper and lower teeth that don’t meet, or meet in an abnormal way
- An unbalanced facial appearance
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth.
Not only do well-aligned teeth look good and feel good, they also are important to good dental health. Poorly aligned teeth can lead to dental problems. Not everyone needs orthodontic treatment. But if your child does need help, it pays to start treatment when you have the greatest chance for success. Make sure your child receives an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7.
We consider it best to start treatment at an early age because by utilizing interceptive orthodontics we can take advantage of arranging things as teeth erupt. We can prepare areas so that there is enough space for the teeth to come in. By utilizing expanders that can actually open up the airway and make the jaws wider, we can allow more room for teeth to come in straight. There a lot of different things we can do while the patients are growing that might make it easier on the patient rather than waiting until they are fully grown and not taking advantage of that time..
For teens, we are getting a lot of requests for Invisalign. Invisalign can’t be used to treat every case, but it can be used for many. Clear braces are also very popular as well as Lingual braces which can do just about anything regular braces can. Out of the three, Invisalign and Lingual braces are the most requested..
There are some obvious things to look for such as crowding, overbite and underbite. However there are a lot of other things and untrained eye cant and that’s why we recommend coming in for a free exam.
Malocclusions are where the upper and lower jaws don’t line up correctly. We treat them because it’s important to have a good balanced bite so that when patients are chewing, the teeth come together properly and they are able to chew their food appropriately. The appearance is better and it helps with self esteem. There are many reports that show certain malocclusions increase the chance of TMJ problems..
Getting braces can actually be fun for a child. Our young orthodontic patients enjoy picking out the rubber band colors, our games and prizes, and participating in our rewards program.