Early Orthodontic Treatment
By looking at the dental condition of your children at this stage, dentists can actually predict the dental problems they may face in the future. Enabling them to advise treatment before the problem has a chance to develop.
The dental framework of children between the ages of 6-10 is still developing. This makes them much more responsive to any form of treatment. Orthodontic treatment can help assure that the permanent teeth, that they are yet to grow, reside in their corrected positions.
Benefits of Early Treatment
Early dental evaluation and orthodontic treatment has many advantages:
• Dentists can develop a better idea as to what dental problems a child may suffer from in the future
• Prevent the need for young patients to undergo more invasive and painful treatments later on
• Significantly improve a child’s smile and appearance
• Serves to boost the confidence and self-esteem of young children and prevent them from feeling dissatisfied with their looks
• Dentists can instruct children to discontinue any habits that may be harming their teeth like thumb-sucking or tongue pushing
The Purpose of a Dental Evaluation
A dental evaluation is not only for kids that require early orthodontic treatment. Its purpose is to assess the general dental wellness of children and their parents. It is important for families to create a bond with their dentist or orthodontist, so that in the future if their assistance is required parents or kids are not hesitant to pay them a visit and seek treatment.
Dental Conditions that would require Early Orthodontic Treatment
The following are all dental conditions that can be effectively treated through early orthodontic treatment
• Cross Bite
• Open Bite
• Deep Bite
• Misaligned teeth
• Spaces between teeth
• Missing Teeth
Early Orthodontic Treatment
If upon examination your orthodontist concludes that your child does in fact require orthodontic treatment. Then the treatment will be followed through a two-phase process. The first phase will begin while your child is still young and the second phase will be followed when he has matured and his permanent teeth have settled in.
The reason for this two-way approach is so that dentists can correct each aspect of their teeth at the right time; when the teeth are either still developing or when they have fully developed.
The First Phase
The first phase of orthodontic treatment basically serves to assure that the young teeth are growing in the right positions, children have not developed any bad dental habits, the jaw, lips and teeth are all functioning smoothly and most importantly, to assure that no problem develops in the future as well.
The Second Phase
In the final phase of orthodontic treatment, dentists work to make the teeth of patients absolutely flawless. In this phase, the treatment takes the approach of a more permanent solution that will effectively last a whole lifetime.