Why don’t I just wait to see the orthodontist when my child has all of their adult teeth?
Most children do not need early treatment; however, some children can benefit from it. Early evaluation with an orthodontist can be instrumental in detecting problems before small issues become BIG issues. Early intervention guides growth and development of jaws and teeth, preventing serious problems later. When treatment is not necessary, an orthodontist can monitor growth and development so that treatment can be administered if/when the timing is ideal.
Why is age seven considered the best time for initial screening?
At the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, crowding, open bite, or gummy smiles. Timely screening can often lead to more predictable results and smoother treatment. When you are ready to bring in your little one(s), contact our Kissimmee pediatric orthodontist or St. Cloud pediatric orthodontist office to schedule an appointment.
What are malocclusions?
A malocclusion is a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close. Malocclusions are simply “bad bites” like over-bite, underbite, openbite, crossbite, and deepbite. They can result in a variety of problems including:
- Crossbites can result in asymmetrical growth and excessive tooth wear
- Openbites can result in speech impediments and tongue-thrusting habits
- Protruding teeth are very susceptible to accidental chipping and damage
- Crowded teeth are difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease
Interceptive Treatment for Maclocclusions
Interceptive orthodontic treatment is the early diagnosis and treatment of developmental malocclusions as soon they are detected.
Reasons for interceptive treatment include:
- Creating room for erupting or crowded teeth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Reducing the overall treatment time required for braces
- Creation of facial symmetry through the influence of jaw growth
- Reducing the need for removing teeth
- Preserving spacing for unerupted teeth