Why Children Need Braces Consultations?

Why Children Need Braces Consultations?
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    Every parent wants a beautiful and healthy smile for their child.

    Not all of us are blessed with perfectly proportioned teeth or symmetrical jaws.

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For many people, this leads to a massive drop in confidence, and self-pity. Using braces at an early age can help remedy this problem.

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, around 4.5 million Americans-mostly children and teenagers wear braces on their teeth. 80% of all the people undergoing orthodontic treatment are in the age group of 6-18 years.

The AAO believes that children should receive their orthodontic consultation regarding braces around 7 years of age. During this age, there is a general pre-screening to help the orthodontist in identifying the deformities in a child’s teeth. A dental CT scanner can identify soft tissues or sensitive nerves that might create problems for the dental well-being of a child.

Why Are Braces Needed

If the orthodontist finds the following deformities, then your child might need braces consultation.

  • 1) Crossbites

    Crossbites occur due to the misalignment of the top, and bottom rows of teeth. In this situation, sometimes either the upper or the lower teeth rest near the tongue, or cheek giving a cross-like appearance. An untreated crossbite can lead to tooth decay, gum diseases and excessive stress on the jaw muscles. They can be corrected using braces in childhood.

  • 2) Spacing

    A very common problem spacing occurs when a child’s jaw bone and the teeth are not proportional. Smaller teeth, as compared to the jaw bone can lead to the development of large spaces between teeth. These gaps trap food while eating which can later turn into cavities.

    According to the misalignment classification method, developed by Dr. Edward Angle who is also considered the founding father of orthodontics, spacing may be present with Class I bite misalignment. This can be resolved by simple metal braces.

  • 3) Crowding

    Crowding occurs when a child loses teeth too early or too late. Also, if the jaw is too small to accommodate the teeth, it can lead to overcrowding. Overcrowding can obstruct the proper cleaning of the teeth that might lead to diseases like plaque and tooth decay.

    For some individuals, it can create difficulties in chewing which causes wearing out of teeth in strange places. This can be treated using simple braces at an early stage. If it gets too late, tooth removal becomes unavoidable even with braces.

  • 4) Open Bite

    This issue is related to jaw growth. Children usually suck their thumbs or fingers which lead to the development of an open bite. Dummies can also create open bites. This type of deformity can be excruciating for the kids.

    Children might have to go through headaches, jaw pain, facial pain, swelling, sinus congestion, and neck problems. The treatment of open bite depends solely on the severity of the situation. Orthodontist consultation is vital before any further treatment.

  • 5) Protrusion

    Another misalignment that is found in children, a protrusion can also arise from regular sucking of the thumb. But sometimes, the protrusion is simply related to the shape and size of the upper and lower jaw of a child. Overcrowded teeth might push front teeth out of the jaw, leading to protrusion.

    Protruding teeth aren’t covered with any lip muscle which makes them more prone to outside substances that cause damage or decay. A child with this type of malformation can have problems with chewing the food. This leads to digestive problems. This can also be treated by braces, but under careful supervision by an orthodontist.

  • 6) Deep Bite

    In a deep bite, the upper teeth row completely overlaps the lower teeth row. If left untreated, a deep bite can cause gum-related problems, pain in the jaw joints, inefficiency in biting and chewing which in turn leads to poor digestion and even hearing problems.

    The remedy for deep bites is the use of multiple braces over a long time.

  • 7) Overbite and Underbite

    Overbite is also known as class II misalignment. In this malocclusion, the lower first molar is positioned towards the back of the mouth. The upper jaw, AKA maxilla, protrudes forward. An underbite, or class III misalignment, the first lower molar is oriented anterior and closer to the front. The lower jaw or mandible grows outwards.

    Both defects can be corrected through braces. The degree of these dental asymmetries varies from individual to individual.

Why Braces Are More Useful Than Just for Straight Teeth

Incorrect positioning of your teeth surely leads to lack of confidence and shyness from smiling freely. Braces can help give straight teeth so that you don’t have to feel over-conscious when you’re happy. But, the utility of braces goes way beyond than just giving you a well-proportioned smile.

People with deformed teeth can develop serious ailments. Speech impediments due to the obstructive movement of the tongue, Jaw pain, difficulty in chewing that lead to digestives issues are some of the basic issues associated with teeth misalignment.

More serious problems include sleep apnea, and insomnia due to snoring, grinding of teeth, cuts, and bruises on the tongue due to overcrowding, gum diseases, cavities, and bad breath due to the lack of proper cleaning.  

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Braces can help correct these issues at an early age and protects children from dangerous future ailments.

If your child is worried about wearing painful metal braces that might make them uncomfortable in public, there are many options like invisible braces or transparent braces to improve confidence while wearing braces.

Conclusion

Millions of people today suffer from dental misalignments and most of them are teenagers and children. Braces can help prevent and cure these issues that may cause harm soon. To identify if a child needs braces orthodontist consultation is necessary. Apart from giving individuals a well-proportioned smile, braces also solve serious issues like insomnia and speech impediments.

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