Does my child need Orthodontics?
The importance of early intervention treatments
An early orthodontics consult for your child provides the opportunity to identify dental problems that may need correcting. Certain issues are more effectively treated if they are treated early, while the jaw is still developing, and is more easily and effectively adjusted into a more favourable positioning. While early orthodontic treatments are usually undertaken once the adult teeth have come through, the health of the baby teeth remains very important for the future development of the teeth. Bring your child in to see Dr McMahon at AAA Ortho in Albany creek or Strathpine for an orthodontic consult.
Effectively caring for the baby teeth
The health of your child’s baby teeth is extremely significant when it comes to the future of their smile. While baby teeth aren’t permanent, their health and longevity is still very important, as they lay the foundation for the state of the adult teeth. If the baby teeth become decayed or fall out prematurely, the adult teeth, gums and jaw may be compromised. So make sure you practise good dental hygiene from the moment your child’s first baby tooth appears.
Early intervention treatments and preventive treatments can minimise the need for further, complicated and more expensive dental and orthodontic procedures going forward. Early treatment may include the use of removable plates, expansion and functional appliances to correct any issues with jaw positioning. Usually, braces are a treatment method reserved for problems associated with the adult teeth. However, your orthodontist may carry out some early interventions to help minimise the need for future treatment.
Signs that indicate the need for early treatment
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Crowding of teeth
- Blocked or misplaced teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Chewing or biting difficulties
- Clicking sound in the jaws
Benefits of early orthodontic consults and/or treatments
- An accurate prognosis for how the permanent teeth will develop
- The ability to correct any bad habits that may be the cause of development problems
- Correcting bite problems
- The ability to guide the growth of the jaw to accommodate emerging teeth
- Lowering the risk of damage to any protruding teeth
- The ability to develop a more functional arrangement of teeth, lips and face
- The prevention of future, and possibly more invasive, dental correction
How can early treatment help my child?
The orthodontists at AAA Orthodontics in Albany Creek and Strathpine recommend that children come in for an orthodontic assessment at 7 or 8 years of age. Up until that point, it is very important to maintain good oral health and hygiene care to ensure the best possible state of the adult teeth.
Early examinations provide Dr McMahon with the information required to plan a successful treatment throughout your child’s developmental phase. This also allows the early prevention of any serious complications developing or to minimise the complexity of future treatments.
Dr McMahon will advise as to future problems he may foresee based on the current development of the mouth, or he may advise orthodontics be undertaken at that point.
For more information about possible early orthodontic treatments for your child or to book an appointment, call us on 07 3325 0255.