Importance Of Jaw Placement
At Kewaskum Family Dentistry, we believe in treating a child’s orthodontic needs as soon as possible. Many times, when parents learn their children need to start orthodontic care at a young age, they can get slightly nervous and panicked, thinking it is too soon. Parents often look at their children’s teeth to see if they are crooked or crowded when trying to decide if braces are necessary. The placement of the jaw and arch development are the true reasons we may recommend orthodontic treatment at an early age.
Early Treatment is Key
We want to help get your child’s smile off to a healthy start. Unfortunately, when the jaw and arch have not developed properly, it can lead to expensive and lengthy orthodontic treatment as they age. We prefer to guide a child’s facial development before it is fully developed. It allows for shorter treatment time and is more cost effective. Jaw and arch development treatment can help improve issues such as:
- Bite problems
- Underdeveloped jaws
- Narrow arches
- Crowded teeth
- Deep overbite
Aside from the concerns listed above, we may also recommend early treatment if your child has issues such as:
- Tongue thrusting
- Pacifier use or thumb sucking for an extended period of time
- Constricted airway
- Mouth breathing or snoring
Biggest Benefit of Early Treatment
The biggest benefit of improving the jaw placement at a young age is the length of time braces will be needed during the teenage years. We consider braces once the jaw is in place and the adult teeth have emerged.
We believe it is critical to address any jaw problems in children as soon as they are diagnosed. If your child is in need of an oral hygiene examination be sure to contact our office located in Kewaskum, WI to schedule an appointment. During the visit, we can also evaluate the placement of their jaw and teeth and determine if further treatment is needed. We look forward to seeing your young one soon!