You know you should take your child to the dentist for annual cleanings, and you work hard to enforce strong brushing habits twice a day with your children. Unfortunately, this could all be rendered useless if they do not get the orthodontic care that they need. Identifying problems with your child’s oral profile early will allow your orthodontist to correct any problems immediately, preventing even bigger problems down the road. When you consider that your orthodontist likely offers free orthodontic exams early in childhood, there is no excuse to not have your child evaluated today.
Interceptive orthodontics occurs in children beginning as early as age 6. Your child’s teeth are still developing at this age, but an experienced orthodontist can predict how your child’s mouth will develop. It will be easier for your orthodontist to correct some of your child’s issues, such as crowding if they are addressed earlier.
Your child’s orthodontist can encourage teeth to grow into better positions, making corrective work easier later in life. For example, your child may be able to avoid braces down the road and instead, have the option to choose Invisalign for teens. This is all made possible because you gave your child’s orthodontist time to adequately perform interceptive orthodontics work.
Conditions That Require Early Intervention
Obviously, the only way that you’ll be able to know if your child needs to have corrective orthodontic work done is if you bring them in to be seen by an orthodontist. Your orthodontist should offer a free exam for your child, so there is no downside to bringing your child in for a consultation. Below are procedures that may require early intervention.
- Crossbite, which can result in uneven jaws
- Protruding front teeth, which can fracture in an accident
- Correction of dental arches, using a palatal expander to help future teeth emerge properly