It is never too late to begin Early Orthodontic Treatment in Miami. However when it comes to your childs teeth, did you know that earlier may be better than later?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, kids should have an initial orthodontic screening at age 7.
What makes early evaluation or early treatment so important?
There are several ways that kids can benefit from Early Orthodontic Treatment in Miami at an early age. It’s important to recognize that early evaluation isn’t necessarily followed by early treatment. In most cases, if orthodontic work is needed, we simply monitor your child’s growth patterns until we see that it’s time for treatment to begin. This allows orthodontists to get the best results efficiently, and help prevent future problems.
Although every child’s development is different, in most kids the first adult molars have typically started to emerge by around age six. This, along with other developmental markers, lets us get a handle on the basic alignment of the teeth, from front to back and side to side. It may also be possible at this point to determine whether there is adequate room in the mouth for all the permanent teeth — and, if not, to take action.
When Early Orthodontic Treatment in Miami Is Better
Treatment for common orthodontic problems typically begins around age 9-14, when all the baby teeth are gone and many of the permanent ones are in place. But some conditions are much easier to treat if they’re caught at an early age, when a child’s natural growth processes are going full speed ahead.
One is severe cross bite, a condition where the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth. To treat this problem, a device called a palatal expander can be used in Early Orthodontic Treatment in Miami, which gradually and painlessly widens the upper jaw; it’s especially effective when the jaw itself hasn’t fully developed. If we wait too long, a more complicated treatment — or even oral surgery — might be required to correct the problem.
Another condition that may benefit from early treatment is severe crowding. This occurs when the jaws are too small to accommodate all of the permanent teeth. Either palatal expansion or tooth extraction may be recommended at this point, to help the adult teeth erupt (emerge from below the gums) properly. Even if braces are required later, the treatment time will likely be shorter and less complicated.
Early intervention may also be helpful in resolving several other problems. Protruding teeth, especially in the front, can be prone to chipping and fractures. May also lead to problems with a child’s self-image.
A severe under-bite, caused by the lower jaw growing much larger than the upper jaw, can result in serious bite problems. Orthodontic appliances, including braces and headgear, can be successfully used to correct these problems at this stage, when the child’s development is in full swing, thereby increasing the chances of avoiding surgery.
Early Orthodontic Treatment in Miami Allows Your Orthodontist To:
• Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
• Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
• Create more space for crowded teeth
• Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
• Correct thumb sucking or tongue thrust and help improve minor speech problems
For parents, it’s not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment. If your child is seven or older, schedule a no cost or obligation initial exam with Specialty Smiles today!
Please contact Specialty Smiles to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will provide a good foundation for their developing jaws and teeth and may save them extensive and unnecessary treatment in the future.