Early Treatment for the Best Results
We all want the best for our children, and providing them with a healthy and beautiful smile is one of the most important things we can give them. Early orthodontics can help and also make things easier down the line. During the first phase of treatment, a dental specialist will work on your child’s jaws and muscles (dentofacial orthopedics). This treatment will help permanent teeth grow into the right place and the jaws will better fit together. By starting early, you’re giving the teeth more time to set in place and will make braces a much shorter process.
Why would my child need this treatment?
Either genetics or environmental factors may have influenced the development of your child’s jaws and muscles. For example, your child might inherited a small jaw from one parent and large teeth from the other, or your child might have dental issues from sucking their thumb. There are plenty of reasons your child may need this work depending on your situation. We had a child that need orthodontic work after a skateboarding accident.
Isn’t It Too Early to Start Treatment?
No but between the ages 5 and 10 is a good place to start. And the during this time, the bones and muscles are growing rapidly. This is when the doctor can influence their growth to create the best bite. Things can be accomplished now that can’t easily be done later– or can’t be done. Also, with early treatment you may prevent future bite problems from developing.
What’s Involved in Treatment?
Early treatment may last a year or longer. Your child may wear some braces during this time but they will be used mainly as an anchor for other appliances that will influence the growth of bones and muscle. In most cases, a second phase of orthodontic treatment (full braces) is also necessary, This phase is essential for moving the teeth into their final positions.
What are the benefits of Early Orthodontics?
Early treatment offers many benefits often achieving one or more of the following goals:
- Enchancing self-esteem by improving the child’s appearance with proper jaw alignment.
- Creating a more stable long term result, especially with severe bite problems.
- Shortening or improving the results of the second phase of treatment
- Allowing for treatment at an age when children are more cooperative
- Helping prevent fractures to buckteeth (since teeth that stick out are more easily damaged during falls and accidents).
- Minimizing future jaw surgery
- Minimizing removal of permanent teeth
When Early Treatment Is Needed:
These are some of the signs that early treatment may be necessary due to jaw or muscle problems:
- An unbalanced profile
- An overbite, underbite, crossbite, gummy smile, deep bite, or open bite.
- Overlapping or crowded teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Open-mouth breathing
- Speech problems
- Tongue-thrusting (pushing the tongue against teeth while swallowing)
- Thumb or finger sucking after the age of 4
- Jaw joint problems
About the doctor:
Dr. Sapana Majmudar is one of the top dentist in Fremont, CA. Her clinic, Serene Dental, serves Fremont and the surrounding cities of Newark, Union City, Hayward, Milpitas, Pleasanton, Dublin and San Jose. We have been known for quality dental care and customer satisfaction for more than 20 years. The services include complete family dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetics, pediatric, periodontics, restorative, implants, preventive dental care and much more. Serene Dental is located on Mowry Ave, near 880, next to Wells Fargo Bank in Fremont, CA.