Early orthodontics using growth appliances (plates) can help achieve the best results for your child’s teeth, smile and general health.
The traditional approach to orthodontics is to wait until all the adult teeth have come through.
However if overcrowding is already present at a young age this will usually get worse as more adult teeth come through. The end result is often having to sacrifice healthy adult teeth to create enough room to align the other teeth. This method may result in future complications such as breathing and sleep issues, head neck and TMJ pain plus worsening of the facial appearance and profile by flattening the face.
An orthodontic plate works by helping to reshape the jaw over time, or aiding your teeth into a more aligned position. Plates can either make space for new teeth to come through or ensure that existing teeth are shifted into the correct position.
Orthodontic plates are held in place by wires and springs. They are not usually attached to teeth, unlike braces. This makes them easier to remove, although many orthodontists will recommend that they stay in place for the vast majority of the time.
Teeth sizes are genetic and they grow into the space available to them so if there is overcrowding or bite issues the fault is with the development of the jaws.
Early intervention involves growth guidance, expansion and functional (jaw positioning) appliances custom made to fit the patients’ jaws. In some cases myofunctional exercises may be added to correct bad habits that affect jaw development.
The aim is to develop the jaws to ideal size and position whilst creating enough room for all adult teeth and maximizing the genetic growth potential. This will also improve the health by having positive effects on the teeth, posture, speech, airway, swallowing, tongue position, profile, head, neck and TMJ.
The ideal age to start treatment is different for every child as it depends on severity, growth and teeth development. Research carried out on over 7000 children revealed that more than 70% of children requiring orthodontic treatment have an underlying misalignment of their jaws and a derangement in the jaw joint relationship hence early treatment is required to correct these problems as soon as possible!
The longer a problem exists the harder it is to correct therefore early treatment is easier, quicker and more efficient as we are also working with growth.
Allows growth to be guided correctly as 60% of facial development is completed by age 8 and 90% by age .
Can eliminate the need to extract healthy adult teeth in almost all situations.
May eliminate the need for surgery in the most severe situations.
May eliminate the need for future braces because the jaws have been developed to the ideal size and position allowing adult teeth to come through into favourable positions or if braces are needed it will reduce treatment time significantly.
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