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Orthodontic treatment – health issues & kids

Why is orthodontic treatment so important?

Early referral to an orthodontic specialist, between the ages of six and ten ensures that if the teeth are not developing normally, interceptive orthodontic measures can be taken at the right time.

 

Orthodontics does not only help to improve the appearance of the teeth and smile, it can also be essential to improve the health of the teeth and gums and in some cases makes it easier to eat.  Parents are keen for their children to wear braces these days to avoid more difficult treatment in later years.  In some cases, early orthodontic intervention is important to prevent problems and make the later main orthodontic treatment simpler.

 

Early referral to an orthodontic specialist, between the ages of six and ten ensures that if the teeth are not developing normally, interceptive orthodontic measures can be taken at the right time.  Top teeth which stick out are at a health risk since they are more likely to be damaged if a child falls over, so treating this early is a good idea.  The normal development of teeth can be affected if a tooth gets stuck, potentially causing damage to the adjacent teeth.  Teeth can erupt into the mouth biting in an unfavourable way.  This can cause long term tooth wear or gum problems, if not corrected in time.

 

Dr. Simon Manara at London Orthodontics in Harley Street, explains why orthodontic treatment is so important: “Orthodontists can help with various dental problems which may affect the normal development of a child’s dentition.  If picked up early, simple measures can make such a difference.  Teeth can develop in the wrong position causing damage to adjacent roots or the bite can be altered causing tooth wear or gum problems later on.  Prompt referral to an orthodontic specialist by your dentist is key, if there is concern that the normal development is affected.

 

Typical key problems are:

Impacted teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth, crossbites in the front or back part of the mouth, prominent teeth, early crowding.

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