Orthodontic care treats conditions such as crowded or crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, disorders of the jaw joints and incorrect jaw positions. The best time to have these problems corrected depends on the unique situation. There are a variety of types of braces that give the same results, and your child may be able to choose the type he or she likes best.
For several reasons, some adults did not get the orthodontic care they needed as young children, so the problems were never corrected. This can cause many other problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, poorly aligned teeth are not considered to be attractive. For these adults, the right time for orthodontic care is whenever they can get it.
Children need braces for many reasons, starting with crooked teeth. This may happen because of overcrowded teeth or a bad bite, also called malocclusion. When the top jaw and the bottom jaw are different sizes, they do not meet properly. If the top jaw is larger, it is called overbite, and if the lower jaw is larger, it is called underbite.
Some orthodontic problems can be treated faster and easier if the treatment starts early. Some of the benefits of early orthodontic diagnosis are:
• The chance to correct any bad habits that may cause future orthodontic problems, such as thumb-sucking
• The chance to see how the permanent teeth are developing
• The chance to lower the risk of damage to protruding teeth
• The chance to improve the child’s overall appearance and create a beautiful smile
• The chance to avoid future orthodontic care
After examining your child’s teeth, we may recommend a two-phase treatment plan. The first phase is typically concerned with the baby teeth and involves enabling correct chewing and biting, stopping any harmful oral habits, preventing orthodontic problems and guiding the permanent teeth into the right position, among other things. In some cases, we recommend interceptive care, which involves using dental appliances at an earlier age that are not traditional braces.
The second phase may involve traditional braces and deal with the permanent teeth by moving them into their final position, improving facial appearance to increase the child’s self-esteem, and improving the teeth function.
If you would like to know in advance if your child requires orthodontic care, schedule an orthodontic evaluation for your child at Pack Orthodontics. Or if you are an adult who never received orthodontic care as a child, make an appointment at our office. Generally speaking, the sooner you come in, the better. With locations in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, our orthodontist wants to help you achieve a beautiful smile, whether it be through traditional braces, ceramic braces or another form of orthodontic correction. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more!