Whether by genetics, through injury, or simply because it’s part of being human, many young children have issues with their teeth. If your child is struggling with dental issues, it may be necessary or highly beneficial to receive orthodontic assistance even at a young age.
In instances where it is useful and can correct potential problems, DiMarzio Orthodontics is pleased to offer early orthodontic treatment for younger patients.
What Is Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment is designed to help younger children’s adult teeth come in straight or help their jaws get more aligned before all their teeth are set. The optimal time for this kind of treatment is between the ages of 8 and 10, when many patients will still have a mix of baby and permanent teeth.
A thorough study of a patient’s jaw structure as well as x-rays of the incoming teeth and their positions will help determine if any early treatment needs to happen. This way, some potential problems can be detected that otherwise wouldn’t have been noticed, which is useful in determining future treatment.
If there is a problem that lends itself to early treatment, an early orthodontic checkup will catch it and bring it to our attention.
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
There are a lot of benefits associated with early orthodontic treatment. In many instances, treatment can address habits like thumb sucking. If this kind of habit exists for too long, it can alter the shape of a child’s mouth and the alignment of their teeth.
Trying to fix the results of problems like these in a child’s more mature years is going to be more expensive and more difficult, which is what makes early orthodontic treatment so beneficial in certain cases.
By taking a close look at the existing structures and alignment of teeth, as well as the development of the jaw, Dr. DiMarzio can prevent unwanted tooth movement and catch problems before they develop. Once again, this preventative measure will save you plenty of time and money in the long run.
The goal of this kind of treatment is to spot subtle problems and treat them before they become larger, more difficult issues.
What Makes Early Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?
There are a few things that can happen to a patient’s mouth when they are young that can make early orthodontic treatment very important. These can include, but aren’t limited to:
- Malocclusion. This is an abnormal alignment of the upper and lower teeth, and can result from things like sucking thumbs for too long in life. Symptoms of this could include discomfort or difficulty while chewing.
- Bite complications. Bite complications can damage teeth and gums and cause headaches, TMD, or even digestive problems. Bite complications can be hard to identify, so talk to your orthodontist for confirmation.
- Narrow jaw. Sometimes the upper jaw can be narrower than the lower jaw, leading to the appearance of crowding on the upper teeth. Treating this situation now means a healthier jaw as your child grows.
- Protruding teeth. Teeth can protrude if they’ve been pressed forward with the tongue, or just naturally grow at an uncomfortable angle. If left untreated, protruding teeth can become a serious issue as an adult.
Should I Consider Early Treatment for My Children?
We advise working with a trained professional, such as Dr. DiMarzio, to determine if early orthodontic treatment is the right course for your children. He’ll be able to help determine whether your child will benefit from early treatment or not.
Put Your Child on the Right Track With Early Orthodontic Treatment
Your children’s teeth need just as much care and attention as yours do. By working together with our talented and skilled team, we’ll be able to figure out if treatment is needed. Learn more about early orthodontic treatment with DiMarzio Orthodontics today.