It may be best to start early to correct your child’s smile and bite. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be evaluated by a formally-trained orthodontist by the age of 7. At this age, a child’s teeth and bite have developed enough for an orthodontist to determine if orthodontic treatment is, or may be, needed in the future.
When is Early/Interceptive Treatment needed?
Although your child’s teeth may appear straight, Dr. Chun can evaluate if signs of a bite problem are developing. Some areas for concern are as follows:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Thumb-sucking habit
- Tongue-thrusting habit
- Crowded (not enough space) teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Difficulty for lips to close together
- Jaws that are too far back or forward
- Difficulty in chewing and biting
- Biting the cheek or roof of mouth
Why do Early/Interceptive Treatment?
Interceptive treatment can minimize the need for a longer and more extensive orthodontic treatment in the future by providing the following results:
- Guiding and improving jaw growth
- Creating more space for teeth to erupt
- Guiding permanent teeth in a more favorable position
- Preserving the space for unerupted teeth
- Eliminating harmful oral habits such as tongue thrusting or thumb sucking
- Reducing trauma or injury to protruding front teeth
- Improving appearance and self-esteem