How Early Intervention Can Benefit Your Child
When most people think of braces or other forms of orthodontic treatment, they typically think that patients are somewhere within their adolescent years. However, the reality is that some orthodontic issues are easier to correct the earlier they are treated.
At Papandreas Orthodontics, we understand that knowing whether your child needs early orthodontic care or later treatment can offer you real peace of mind, which is one reason that we have a real focus on orthodontics for children within our practice.
Early treatment can help the orthodontist determine if your child will have bite issues at an early age, at which point you can seek treatment to limit further issues. Early orthodontic treatment isn’t just limited to braces and it can have real benefits for those children who receive early intervention.
The Primary Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children
Like with most developmental conditions, teeth alignment and other orthodontic concerns are easier to treat when caught early on. Whether you suspect your child has an issue or not, it is in your best interest to go ahead and schedule an appointment with Dr. Papandreas for an early evaluation and complimentary consultation. This early intervention offers your child the benefit of:
- A better prediction of how the permanent teeth will mature
- The opportunity to correct any oral habits that may contribute to developmental problems of the teeth and gums, including thumb or finger sucking and tongue pushing
- The ability to correct an issue with bite or alignment
- The opportunity to manipulate the development of the jaw to accommodate developing teeth
- The chance to minimize the risk of protruding teeth
- The opportunity to reduce the need for future invasive dental corrective procedures
By scheduling a consultation with an orthodontic specialist while your child is still young, you can help prevent future issues with your child’s teeth. This practice also provides Papandreas Orthodontics with the opportunity to create a plan of action for your child’s treatment, if necessary,when growing and developing.
Common Practices in Orthodontics for Children
An early consultation will determine whether it is necessary to proceed with early orthodontic treatment or not. If treatment is warranted, it will likely follow a course of action that is segmented into a two-phase approach. The first phase involves your child’s initial treatment and will include correcting orthodontic conditions that are present even as your child still has mostly primary teeth. The second phase takes places as your child gets older, and treatment will be determined as your child’s mouth and teeth grow.
Early Treatment is typically designed to:
- Promote appropriate biting and chewing
- Reduce problematic oral habits
- Prevent orthodontic issues from occurring
- Mediate a developing orthodontic issue
- Manipulate the growth of the jaw bones to promote correct alignment
- Reduce the risk of damage to protruding teeth
- Maneuver permanent teeth into a more desirable position
- Arrange the teeth, lips, and face
- Develop stability in the developing teeth
Not every child requires early orthodontic treatment. However, a thorough examination and early consultation can identify whether your child is at risk for problematic orthodontic issues, such as an open bite, deep bite, cross bite, crowding, missing teeth and others, that may merit early intervention. If you’re concerned your child might need early orthodontic treatment, contact Dr. Papandreas by calling 330-558-9092 or completing the contact form on our Brunswick or North Royalton pages today. You’ll be glad you did!
Orthodontics For Children