Often the parents ask such questions. This is decided based on the patients dental age and not the chronological age. Braces are usually associates with the teenager which isn’t always true. Treatments can start at an early age age of 7 years. A right time to have an orthodontist examine your child is after the adult front teeth have come out into the mouth or if there is severe crowding of the teeth. Regular visits to the dentist are crucial as they will be checking for any issue that might be corrected from early orthodontic treatment. Any problem should be referred to an orthodontist.
EARLY WARNING SIGNS:
- Baby teeth lost very early or very late. Majority are lost between the age of 5-14
- Thumb sucking; particularly if its unnecessary or relays on beyond the age of 4.
- Teeth that don’t bite together correctly or sticks out.
- Speech impediments like a lisp or slurring.
- Adult front teeth are crowded.
BENEFITS OF EARLY TREATMENT:
As some problems are treated more effectively at a young age it is essential that your dentist keeps a close watch on your child’s development. With growing age our jaw bone stops growing so orthodontic treatment can be little difficult. If begun at an early age we can guide the jaw bone growth and change their position and width. Other solution for adults is tooth removal or surgery. Early interference can also help make sure there is enough space as the adult teeth start to come through in the correct position. Front teeth which jut out are very vulnerable to trauma. This is especially true in young adults who play contact sports. Gum shields can minimize but not eliminate the risks. Basic treatment to decrease the overjet can reduce the odds of catastrophic trauma to these teeth.
WHAT DOES EARLY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT INVOLVE
Doning a fixed or detachable brace although removable is more common. If the child has a small jaw or teeth that stick out your orthodontist may suggest a twin block brace. This is detachable and repositions the jaws and helps them into the correct position. This is usually followed by a fixed brace
REFERRING CHILDREN FOR AN ORTHODONTIC ASSESSMENT
Your child can be recommended directly for an exclusive assessment and treatment at any time for a professional opinion. If your child has an NHS assessment and meets the requirements for treatment they may require to join a waiting list to the fitting of the braces. This is caused by availability of limited funding on the NHS. Average waiting lists can be upto 2 years.
If you would like further advice please feel free to call Parklane Orthodontist on 0118 9411628.