Early Intervention Treatment Options
When people think of orthodontic treatments the general idea is that the option exists for teenagers, right? But thanks to dental technology and advancements in the profession, orthodontic treatments are now offered to people of all ages, including children. Known as phase one treatment, early orthodontic intervention, is an option for children between the ages of six and ten – correcting developmental issues before the growth of their adult teeth. Overall the goal of phase one treatment is to develop your child’s jaws to make room for the future eruption of permanent teeth and to improve the relationship between the upper and lower jaw.
Early Intervention Benefits
Specialising in early orthodontic treatment, through the years we have found this option to be hugely beneficial to our younger patients and here’s why:
· Younger children are still in the process of growing – making it easier for us to mould and influence the desired result. At this age, their skeletal structure is more adaptable, which is why habits like thumb sucking can influence their mouth development.
· The early intervention allows for us to monitor your child’s progress while modifying the jaw to decrease the need for extractions or extensive surgical treatment at a later stage.
What are our early orthodontic intervention options and what do they treat?
Option 1: Partial braces
As the name suggests, partial braces are either bonded to the upper or lower row of teeth. This treatment option generally spans between 10 to 12 months and can make it easier to correct issues at a later stage with a full set of braces or to correct existing problems before they escalate. Some of the common problems that can be corrected by partial braces include:
· Spacing: Too much or too little room in your child’s mouth could cause gaps in between their teeth.
· Crowding: Whether the top or bottom teeth are not in a good position partial braces can help create the room needed for the crowded teeth to come into place.
· Crossbites: Crossbites occur when teeth on either the top or bottom jaw do not line up with the rest of the jaw when your child’s mouth is closed. This can cause problems in eating and chewing. Partial braces can pull the teeth back in line and start the process of fixing their bite.
Option 2: Headgear
Depending on the extent of your child’s problem, braces may not be enough to correct an issue with the bite or jaw development. In such cases, we may recommend the use of appliances such as headgear. Worn outside the mouth, headgears are designed to address a specific problem. The ultimate goal of the device is for it to create an appropriate amount of pressure to guide the growth of your child’s facial and jaw development.
Phase 1 treatment could:
- Reducing the need for extractions
- Reducing or eliminating the need for jaw surgery
- Help correct bad habits like thumb sucking
- Speed up the next phase of the orthodontic treatment
- Improving appearance and self-esteem
If you would like to know more about early intervention orthodontics, book an appointment with us today.