A smile makeover for your child has multiple benefits … straight teeth give your child’s self-confidence a huge boost; oral health is improved when teeth are straightened; any discomfort your child experiences as a result of their oral impairment is alleviated when taking advantage of orthodontics.
Taking your child for a consultation with the orthodontist at the age of six is not too early to get an appraisal of what your child may need to improve their oral health.
Wearing braces is usually delayed until the child is a little older; braces can correct an over bite, under bite, cross bite, over-crowded teeth or correct spaces between teeth. If your child is suffering with any of these conditions, more than their smile is impacted.
Crooked or malformed teeth create spaces where the tooth brush or floss may not reach to clean thoroughly. This allows bacteria from the foods and beverages consumed to linger creating areas for plaque to build. Plaque build-up contributes to dental decay and/or gum disease. Once these areas are eliminated, plaque is easier to control with daily brushing and flossing.
If decay or disease is present, the child is undoubtedly having some kind of discomfort. Treatment for these problems is attainable, but dental fillings can be a traumatic experience for a child. Dental disease can mean bleeding, swollen, or red gum tissue. An unpleasant odor may be present. Treatment is needed to prevent the development of more serious dental problems that can lead to the need for antibiotics to prevent tooth loss.
A child with crooked teeth may be dealing with a speech impediment that could be resolved. Other problems from a malocclusion can be the habit of grinding and clenching which can lead to worn dental enamel and broken teeth. Even jaw problems like TMJ are possible when the bite is out of alignment.
Wearing braces can resolve a malocclusion straightening teeth so the child benefits in many ways. Straight teeth promote better dental health for the ability to keep them clean. The child feels better about their smile which usually translates into a feeling of self-assurance and belief they can accomplish anything they try.
But in addition to the aesthetic value, the advantages of orthodontics will provide the path to excellent dental health your child will enjoy for their lifetime.