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Children - Early Treatment

Orthodontic treatment can be undertaken at any age although it is more complex and takes longer in an adult. The earlier you or your child are checked by your dentist, the more likely these situations are to be identified. Your dentist or a specialist orthodontist will be able to detect potential problems from the age of seven or even earlier, and early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing, or make future treatment less complicated and less lengthy. The best results are often obtained between the ages of seven and thirteen while the child is still growing; indeed some results may not be achievable once facial growth has finished.

 

The recognition and treatment (if appropriate) of a developing orthodontic problem in younger children is often called Functional Jaw Orthopaedics. Dentists offering this treatment have usually undertaken specific training in this area and will assess the patient from a more holistic viewpoint. They will look at the child’s sleep patterns and breathing, any history of ear infections and their posture and will also be keen to avoid extracting permanent teeth if possible.

 

In cases where an inappropriate habit is causing the problem, unless the habit is addressed, moving the teeth back into the correct positions will be a waste of time as the habit will in time force them out of position again. As a first step your dentist can recommend specialists to address breathing problems, retrain tongue movements, and supply thumb- and finger-guards to prevent thumb sucking, and orthodontist-recommended dummies.

 

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