What are the Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?Many people believe that braces, Invisalign and other orthodontic treatments are strictly a cosmetic choice, but this could not be further from the truth. It is true that orthodontic treatment can boost a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem, but these benefits are secondary compared to many others, including:
The correcting of harmful oral habits
The prevention of wear or injury to teeth and jaw joints through the correction of overbites, underbites, and crossbites
Improved ease of breathing
Helping to better manage oral hygiene
Encouraging better absorption of nutrients and relief of digestive problems through increased bite contactIn addition, orthodontic treatment at a young age can serve as a preventative measure against the need for braces and oral surgery later in life, as well as the development of tooth decay, gum disease, and heart disease.
What Treatments are Available for my Child?It is recommended to have orthodontic treatments done early so that it corresponds with natural stages of growth, and all children should visit an orthodontist at the age of 7. There are a wide assortment of minimally invasive orthodontic treatments available for your child, including:
- Palatal Expanders - Palatal Expanders help provide room to adult teeth so they can emerge in a more ideal position, as well as reduce crowding.
- Myofunctional Trainers - Typically worn by younger children (usually between the ages of 5 - 9), myofunctional trainers are worn during sleep to correct habits such as thumb sucking, as well as widen dental arches and encourage the proper positioning of teeth.
- Braces - Perhaps the most well known orthodontic treatment, braces for kids can be used (depending on development and treatment requirements), as a way of obtaining desired results.