What is Early and Preventive Orthodontics?

It’s a very common mistake to wait for all permanent teeth to erupt before checking in an orthodontics clinic. American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) advises parents to have their children examined by an orthodontist before the age of 7. Early diagnose will create the chance of early treatment which will prevent further severe problems. Early and preventive orhtodontics prepare the ground for a fixed orthodontic treatment.

If your child has;

  • Crooked, crowded, misplaced teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Protruding upper or lower teeth or jaws
  • Biting into roof of the mouth
  • Upper and lower fronth teeth don’t meet
  • A shift in lower jaw while biting
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Thumb sucking, tongue sucking vs. (parafunctions)
  • Snoring, difficulty in breathing, mouth breathing
  • Early or late loss of primary teeth
  • Abnormal bite
  • Abnormal eruption of teeth
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth

you should consult an orthodontist.

 In The First Appointment for Early and Preventive Orthodontics:

  • If Any transversal upper jaw constriction is observed. An impression is taken to prepare an expansion plate.
  • Skeletal problems are diagnosed and parents are instructed.
  • Parafunctions like thumb sucking, tongue sucking is observed.
  • Removable appliances are prepared to correct crossbites, if any.
  • Doctor may diagnose nasal problems and speech problems at this stage and refer the patient to specialists for an early intervention

Benefits of Early and Preventive Orthodontics:

After studying all the records,the doctor will make a diagnosis and suggest a course of therapy.

Some children will simply need to wait and let the doctor periodically monitor their development. Others will need to begin an active “first phase” of treatment to solve some problems best corrected at an early age. This first phase treatment may be done:

  • to correct misaligned teeth
  • to create new spaces for permanent teeth to erupt
  • to harmonize the upper and lower jaw relations
  • to prevent accidents by taking flared teeth back in
  • to correct deep bites and crossbites
  • to help preventing harmful oral habits such as thumb sucking
  • to improve appearance and self-esteem

After “Early And Preventive Orthodontics” treatment, orthodontist will still see you for your check ups in regular intervals. Most important thing to notice here is at the end of this treatment, all permanent teeth may not have erupted yet. Often, several years may lapse before patients need a “second phase” of treatment. The ultimate goals of early orthodontic interventions are to avoid or limit later and more costly treatment. Even if patients need an additional “second phase” treatment, a successful “first phase” will solve many of the problems that make later treatment more diffucult.

Your child’s growth, the eruption of permanent teeth will tell orthodontist the right time for “second phase” and  you’ll be informed about the details in advance.