Orthodontic treatment is an excellent investment in the overall health and psychological well-being of children and adults.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. The early intervention of developing orthodontic concerns allows for conservative treatment options that can prevent any potential developmental delays. When Dr. Hendrix is able to track your child’s oral development from a young age he may recommend phased treatment which potentially eliminates the need for braces later on in life.
What Causes orthodontic concerns?
Most orthodontic problems (malocclusions) are inherited from birth, but some are acquired. Inherited problems include crowding of teeth, too much space between teeth, extra, missing, or impacted teeth, and a wide variety of other irregularities of the jaws, teeth, and face. Acquired malocclusions include those problems caused by thumb or finger sucking, trauma (accidents), periodontal (bone and gum) disease, premature loss of primary (baby) or permanent teeth, and airway obstruction by inflamed tonsils and adenoids. Whether inherited or acquired, many of these problems affect not only the alignment of the teeth, but also can affect facial development, profile, and appearance as well. Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist.