Orthodontic Concerns

Orthodontic treatment is an excellent investment in the overall health and psychological well-being of children and adults. 

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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.

What are common orthodontic concerns?

ORthodontic concerns are any issues that affect that alignment of the teeth or function and comfort of the jaw. Common orthodontic concerns are best treated early on in oral development.

Some common orthodontic issues children and adults may develop include:

What are myofunctional habits?

Myofunctional habits are displayed early on in a child’s life and can affect the development of their bite. Common myofunctional habits include thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, teeth grinding or other nonnutritive sucking habits.

Children who participate in these habits are more likely to show early signs of orthodontic concerns. Common signs that your child may be developing a bite issue include the following:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Speech difficulties
  • Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • Facial imbalance
  • Tounge thrusting
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth

Children who display any of these symptoms of maloclussion or practice myofunctional habits may benefit from early orthodontic intervention. Early orthodontic treatment can help prevent long-term developmental delays or additional complications with your child’s oral health.

Dr. Hendrix and his team collect information in a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation and use it to help explain the orthodontic problem, determine the optimal course of treatment, and propose various treatment options that satisfy your personal goals and objectives. As treatment progresses, the records are a useful reference as we continually monitor treatment progress.

Orthodontic study records are a complete set of diagnostic records, which typically include plaster study models of your teeth, special pictures (radiographs) of your head, teeth and jaw joints, digital photographs, and your confidential medical-dental history.

One of the most important parts of orthodontic study records are the special pictures (radiographs) taken of your head, teeth, and jaw joints.

Panoramic or other dental radiographs are used to evaluate the position and development of permanent teeth that have not yet come in and to locate impacted or missing teeth and shortened or damaged tooth roots. They are also used to determine the amount of bone supporting the teeth, among other things.

The profile radiograph (lateral cephalometric film) shows the facial form, growth pattern, and position of the front teeth, which are essential in planning comprehensive orthodontic treatment.


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