Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children in The Woodlands, Texas
Early interventional orthodontics is a preventative treatment that prevents future complicated orthodontic treatments and possible teeth extraction. It uses partial braces or an appliance to guide and shape the growth and development of the jaw bone. The goal is to create a better space for adult teeth to grow in later. Habit Appliances and Early Interventional Orthodontics can modify skeletal growth and make room for the adult dentition.
Benefits of Early Interventional Orthodontic Treatment
- Guide adult teeth to grow in a better position
- Improve appearance and boost self-esteem
- Guide the growth of the jaw
- Improve how the lips meet
- Reduce the potential trauma to the protruded front teeth
- Correct bad habits like thumb sucking
Around the time the upper central incisors are coming in is a good time to assess if early interventional orthodontic treatment is a good fit. This is usually around age 7, and most orthodontic specialists will be able to determine if there are problems that could develop into larger issues.
Early Treatment Signs:
- Unbalanced facial appearance
- Difficulty in chewing
- Breathing through the mouth
- Jaws too far back or forward
- Front teeth that do not tough
- Thumb Sucking
- Misplaced, crowded, or blocked-out teeth
While most younger children will not require orthodontic treatment, it is a good indicator of what to pay attention to as the child grows. However, some children will require early intervention. Early preventative treatments can include simple procedures like using space maintainers to guide erupting teeth to do so straighter, or more complex procedures like a palatal expansion.
Questions? Give our office in The Woodlands, TX a call at 281-367-0050, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have, guide you through the process and set up your child’s initial screening appointment.