Habits such as thumb sucking and extended pacifier use can also lead to dental issues such as crossbites, narrow dental arches, overbites and asymmetric growth. Most of these conditions can be resolved with interceptive orthodontics, if caught early enough.
In the long term, when the proper orthodontic treatment is administered early in life, it may eliminate the need for removal of permanent teeth if your child decides to have complete orthodontics done in the future, or as an adult. It can also prevent the need for expensive and painful jaw surgery in the case of developing an untreated open bite. In the short term, it can correct the problem of an “overbite” that a child is teased for much earlier in their life, protect vulnerable teeth that stick out from breaking during play or sports, and allow for proper, aesthetically pleasing growth that will make any future treatment time shorter and simpler.
Examples of interceptive orthodontics include:
- Fixing a posterior crossbite through expansion of a narrow upper jaw
- Removal of baby teeth to ensure the permanent teeth erupt properly in the mouth
- Reduction of protrusion of the upper front teeth to prevent fracture due to an injury or trauma
- Holding the upper jaw back to allow a slow-growing lower jaw to catch up
- Fixing a single-tooth crossbite that catches your child’s lip or tongue
- Addressing thumb-sucking or other habits before they cause irreversible skeletal changes
At Smiles on Queen family dentistry, we have qualified dentists ready to offer any form of interceptive care. We always advise parents to start keeping an eye on their child’s dental health from an early age. In fact, it’s never too early to maintain good oral hygiene.
We have experts who will identify malocclusions such as crowded teeth and bite problems. We will actively intervene in order to ensure the teeth that emerge in the mouth are properly guided. Our interceptive orthodontic care will help you save time and money by preventing more extensive treatments in the future.
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What to expect
Depending on the issue at hand, we offer orthodontics to straighten crooked teeth, break poor habits, correct bite issues and guide erupting teeth back in the rightful position. When your teeth are crooked or poorly aligned, they are harder to keep clean. Proper orthodontic care will make it easier for you to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. This is because you can access all parts of your teeth and gums when brushing and flossing. Crooked teeth have hidden areas that promote plaque buildup. That’s why we always advise patients to pursue orthodontic attention as soon as possible. There are fixed and removable appliances that vary in use and how long they take to work.
Some appliances used in interceptive orthodontics can alter a child’s speech within the first few days. However, this is usually temporary, and our appliances allow children to play, jump, swim and enjoy their day to day life without any discomfort. Come see us for a consultation if you suspect your child’s teeth may need interceptive care.