There are a multitude of issues that can arise during development of a full set of teeth that can impact the final position of the adult teeth. Common examples are
- Crowding of the teeth
- Rotated or angled teeth
- Spacing of the teeth
- Habits such as thumb sucking
- Narrow arch
- Tooth size discrepancies
- Missing teeth
- Jaw size/position discrepancies
- Extra teeth
- Poorly developed teeth
- Deep bites
- Flaring or protrusion of teeth
- Open bites
While in many instances waiting until all the teeth have erupted to fix everything at once is the most cost effective and comfortable solution, there are instances where early intervention and treatment can significantly reduce treatment times down the road, leading to much easier and better outcomes.
An orthodontic assessment as your child’s mouth is developing can help to identify occasions where early intervention will be beneficial, and can organise a long term plan to getting your child’s orthodontic issues addressed.
Some of the major benefits of orthodontic treatment include:
- Improved appearance. Having a nice smile can have a significant positive impact on self-confidence, which can be really important through the teenage and young adult years.
- Improved function. Having the teeth in the correct position will help you to eat comfortably and reduce the chance of adverse reactions, such as a sore jaw, worn teeth or cracks and fractures.
- Improved ability to clean. Crooked and overlapping teeth make it much harder to clean, which can lead to decay and gum disease. Straightening the teeth makes it easy to prevent these issues.
Improved facial profile and appearance. Having straight teeth is one thing, but orthodontics looks beyond that to the underlying jaw positions as well. Correcting things such as jaw position and angulation of front teeth can significantly improve facial appearance.
If you would like to organise an orthodontic assessment of your child, or if you had any further questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (07) 3379 1328