Early Orthodontic Treatment
Identifying the early warning signs in a child age 7-12 can make a big impact on necessary orthodontic treatment. It is not always necessary to wait for permanent teeth to erupt before starting orthodontic treatment. Listed below are the 7-Signs a seven-year old may benefit from orthodontic treatment. Please contact us today to schedule an ortho consult with Dr. Stacy Goodwill DDS.
- Airway Obstruction/Open mouth breathing
- Cross Bite
- Open Bite
- Oral Habits-example Thumb Sucking
- Crowding Upper and/or Lower
- Jaw Discrepancy
- Deep Bite
Most children with crowded teeth and bad bites have narrow jaws and underdeveloped lower jaws, which could be corrected with functional appliances. Functional appliances help correct the bone problems, while the tooth problems are corrected with the orthodontic braces.
The ideal age for the use of functional appliances is between ages seven and eleven, when the cooperation level is the highest. However, functional appliances can be utilized as early as age 4, if the upper jaw is too narrow, creating a cross-bite, and is having a negative effect on the child’s breathing and speech. Arch Development (functional appliances) can also be used in adults to develop the arch to a more normal shape and size before applying the braces.
The use of functional appliances can reduce the time the child must wear fixed braces and also can reduce the need for the extraction of permanent teeth. Functional appliances develop the dental arches so that all the permanent teeth can erupt, which ensures an outstanding profile, broad smile and healthy jaw joints.
To schedule a free consultation with Dr. Stacy Goodwill, please contact our office at (701) 237-3583 today.