As a parent, you want the best for your child and one of the greatest gifts you can give them is a beautiful, healthy smile that will be with them for a lifetime! At My Smile Orthodontics we’ve seen the impact that a great smile and early intervention can have on a child’s well-being and self-confidence.
Permanent molars erupt at age 6-7, By this age most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth which makes it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose, correct and evaluate the position of the teeth and the relationships of the upper and lower jaws at an early stage which eliminate the necessity of advanced surgical correction of jaws at a late stage. Early diagnosis and treatment of jaw or teeth problems can guide erupting teeth into a more favorable position.
The benefits of undergoing early treatment may include well-positioned jaw and incoming permanent teeth, regulation of jaw width and both upper and lower dental arches, gaining and preservation of space for permanent teeth, elimination of need for permanent teeth extractions and reducing the likelihood of impaction in permanent teeth, It may also correct some harmful habits such as thumb-sucking, thereby eliminating abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify or omit later treatment.
The orthodontic supervisory program is a program designed specifically for patients who should wait till they reach the optimal time of treatment. In this program Dr. Najirad would be able to monitor the child’s eruptive pattern of the permanent teeth. Early correction of poor eruption patterns can be managed by early removal of baby teeth and hence reduce the treatment time required for braces. Your general dentist will be informed on regular basis of any recommendations made during your visit. Recalls are every 6-8 months to observe the progress. Participation in orthodontic supervisory program is completely free of charge.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment always go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it’s also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image. While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to compromised cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and, possibly, gum disease or total tooth loss. Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces. Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.
Early treatment is a start up for correction of significant problems and prevent more severe and damaging problems to occur, in other words, simplify future treatment. Not until full eruption of permanent teeth, correction of final alignment is feasible, but a short-term comprehensive phase of treatment (Phase II – full braces), after full eruption, usually completes the treatment. However, in some circumstances, further orthodontic treatment may not be indicated.
Patients with braces and other orthodontic appliances require more efforts to keep their teeth and gums clean as they are more prone to tooth decays and gum diseases. To ensure the highest level of dental health, you need to visit your family dentist regularly during the orthodontic treatment.
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