Early orthodontics provides many benefits for younger children
Orthodontic treatments correct problems with misaligned teeth and jaws, which helps lower the risk of speech impairments and other issues. While you might think that these treatments are mainly for older children, younger children can and should have orthodontic screenings and treatment as needed. Early orthodontics provides the following benefits for young children.
Offers Easier Treatment
Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct when they are found early. For example, teeth crowding or dental arches that are in the wrong position can be treated with early orthodontics while your child’s jaw is still developing. Finding and correcting these problems earlier can help improve the chance of having your child’s jaw and teeth continue developing in a healthy manner. While your child might still require additional treatment later on, such as wearing braces, early orthodontic care reduces the risk of needing more complex or lengthier treatment.
Prevents Speech Problems
Children can develop problems with speaking when they have orthodontic problems. Teeth that do not line up properly, for example, can make it difficult for children to say certain words or sounds. Having these problems corrected early with an orthodontic device, such as braces, can help prevent these speech difficulties from occurring and getting worse over time.
Lower Risk of Surgery or Extractions
Problems with tooth or jaw alignment can result in the need for oral surgery or tooth extractions when your child is older. Treating these problems at an earlier age with orthodontics helps lower the risk of needing tooth removals or surgery. For example, orthodontic treatment can help make room in your child’s growing jaw for crowded teeth to erupt. This helps prevent the risk of severe crowding that might require extraction or surgical repair.
If you need to schedule an orthodontic appointment for your child, please contact Potomac Pediatric Dentistry today. Keep in mind that orthodontic screenings are recommended for children who are at least 7 years old.