1.) Early Screening means finding problems before they become BIG problems.
An early and thorough screening of your child’s teeth and jaw can reveal the direction of development and catch issues early, which is usually when the most and the best options are available.
2.) Early action can help prevent complicated strategies later on.
One of the main reason reasons we recommend bringing your child to the orthodontist when he or she turns 7, is that if a complication is discovered, we can get treatment started early on. This is good because the jaws and teeth are more easily guided and corrected as they are still moving into place. The longer action is delayed, the more difficult the options may become.
3.) Potentially damaging habits can be caught early.
You’ve probably heard that habits like tongue-thrusting and thumb sucking can have a negative effect on your child’s mouth and teeth.
You might not, however, know that teeth grinding, continuous use of bottled milk and pacifier can also have a detrimental and long-term effect and in fact, negatively affect the structure of your child’s mouth and teeth. If left untreated, the only course of action may be extraction and/or jaw surgery.
4.) To examine your child’s jaw alignment.
If your child has a misaligned jaw this can lead to all manner of issues down the road. The time to detect and treat is now when your child’s jaw and teeth are still developing. This is when we have the greatest number of options, when those options are least intrusive, and when there are the greatest chances of success!
5.) To boost your child’s confidence.
A child’s confidence level is critical and can easily be negatively affected. Crooked teeth, spaces or an imbalanced jaw are all challenges that may affect your child’s confidence, especially at this critical stage in life. The good news is that through early action and treatment much can be done to improve the situation now before your child begins those difficult teenage years.
6.) To find out if there excess or lack of teeth beneath the gum line.
During your child’s initial consultation, our trained staff will take a series of x-rays to determine what is happened beneath the gum line. Excess teeth or teeth that have failed to form are concerns that benefit most from early detection and treatment. Again, this is when we have the maximum number of options.
7.) To find out the status of permanent teeth before they come through.
Permanent teeth are much larger than the “baby teeth” they replace. This is a situation that can lead to crowding, which leads to bigger headaches the longer they are left. By detecting a potential crowding problem when the child is younger, more strategies are generally available. Left untreated, these unerupted teeth may lead to impaction, something best avoided if possible, and early treatment is provides the best opportunity to do so.
8.) Orthodontists can help manage the arrival of permanent teeth.
Having a full set of x-rays allows our team to determine if permanent teeth that have not yet erupted are coming in straight and if not, it allows more time (and options) to formulate and execute a plan and procedure to help them come in correctly.
9.) To check if your child is prone to sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a medical disorder that is both hereditary and can not only lead to discomfort but can cause sleep issues, resulting in difficulty staying awake during the day. This can negatively affect school performance, overall health, and your child’s well-being. Working with a sleep apnea specialist, we can work on increasing the amount of air passing through the nasal airway and thereby improve your child’s ability to breath (and sleep), better.
10.) Early detection means more time to plan.
As discussed above, early detection generally means more and better options, but it also means if a serious concern is detected, this allows you as a parent more time to plan for the financial and practical matters at hand.
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