Early preventive steps
Most parents are unaware that much of the expensive and lengthy orthodontic treatment in the teen years can be avoided by taking early preventive steps when your child is as young as four or five.
Our goal is to provide the ideal setting in your child’s mouth so that the adult teeth will grow in properly. If your child loses a baby tooth in a fall, for example, an empty space is created with teeth on either side. If this space isn’t maintained, the neighboring teeth will begin to encroach on the space. As well, the tooth in the opposing jaw will grow longer because it is not meeting any resistance. This can cause chewing stress to be unevenly distributed, causing further movement of other teeth.
Without treatment, these conditions could mean a full set of braces later on. To prevent this, we can put a space maintainer between baby’s teeth to hold the space open for the permanent tooth.
Early orthodontic treatment also gives us a chance to do many other things, such as guide the growth of the jaw, guide incoming permanent teeth into desirable positions, correct harmful oral habits such as thumb or finger sucking, and reduce or eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech patterns.
A smile is for a lifetime, and making it the best it can be starts right in the crib!