Orthodontics for children

Childhood is an important part of development when it comes to the oral cavity. It is at this point where the primary dentition gets replaced by the adult dentition and the jaw bone is forming into its permanent form. This is why only orthodontic consultation at the age of around seven is recommended to ensure that proper formation and positioning for your child’s teeth and jaw.

Why start orthodontics at a young age?

It is recommended to consult on orthodontics with your child from the age of six or seven years, which is when their molars start to come out. From the moment they are present in their mouth, it is possible to establish the subsequent occlusion and to evaluate the space where the teeth will be disposed on the jaw as well as their placement and their alignment. With their knowledge in orthodontics, the dentists from Centre dentaire NP, your clinic situated at Kirkland in the West of Montreal, are qualified in detecting the problems that could affect the development of the teeth and jaw of your child. They are also capable of prescribing, when needed, the most appropriate treatment to offer a smile for life to your child.

Possible solutions that your child may need treatment for:

> Bad aligning of the upper jaw compared to the lower jaw, it can either be too ahead or too backed up, which provokes a bad occlusion or articulation problems.
> Missing space for the adult dentition, a narrow palate could provoke an abnormal positioning of the teeth, their migration once the baby teeth fall or their inclusion into the jaw.
> Teeth that could be positioned better to avoid several alignments disturbing teeth such as a crossbite (one or several teeth of the upper jaw which fall behind the lower jaw) or the overlap.
> Any other obstacle to the occlusion that could result in speech difficulties or even to chew.

Advantages of an orthodontic consultation to a child

1. A more adequate development of mouth and teeth

A precocious orthodontic consultation aims to assure a good development of the teeth and mouth of the child on top of allowing a rapid evaluation of detected problems.

2. The mitigation of the impact of orthodontic problems

Even if treatments of young age are not always indicated, an early consultation allows the control of the development of orthodontic problems and their consequences.

3. Much faster and less pricey treatments

A precocious consultation diminishes the necessity to resort to a long and more complicated late intervention. The treatments that will be recommended could be less expensive and much faster compared to one aiming to correct the problem which has developed further with the positioning of the teeth.

4. Correction of harmful oral habits

Certain child habits, such as sucking fingers and atypical swallowing can occasion in long-term consequences. This is why it is important to correct these quickly.