Naturally, the growth and development of teeth and jaws never always proceed correctly. Many people face a little abnormality in their tooth and gum development and need a little treatment in that area while they grow up. Their teeth can grow in naturally incorrect directions. Orthodontics is the field that deals with this type of oral treatment. This condition is usually dealt with early in life. So, parents, upon consultation from an orthodontist, get braces or expanders installed in the mouths of their children.
Orthodontists highly prefer that this problem should be handled around the age of 7-13. Reason being that it is an age when a child is growing and going into adolescence where the growth phase matures a little. Especially it is the age of dental growth. A child gets most of his mature teeth, grown by the age of 13. An orthodontist assesses whether the growth is abnormal and can become a cause of a dental problem afterward, and apply braces or expander as per the requirement. This practice is known as Interceptive Orthodontics.
Why is it a good idea?
Dental abnormalities can be handled at an early age. Braces or expanders can harness the growth spurt of teeth and gums and shape them correctly. Unfortunately, if someone is experiencing abnormal tooth growth and neglects it, it can become a great nuisance later in their life. An orthodontist can tell how a child’s adult teeth will shape and what kind of smile and bite they will have in the future. Some children might have some serious tooth growth problems. Interceptive treatment is best used in those cases and might involve some extractions or space maintenance to avoid further trouble that needs complex orthodontic treatment at a later stage in life. All kinds of dental issues like crossbites, underbites, overjets and crowding are treated in interceptive orthodontics.
What Dental damage does it help to prevent?
There is a huge number of children from around the globe who have dental conditions like crossbite. A crossbite can become a cause of jaw displacement and can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums. Orthodontic intervention at an early stage can help prevent crossbite from developing a permanent state and avoid future problems. Dental issues often pass on from parents, and a child can have a greater probability of having some problem with their dental growth if it runs in their family. However, it is not always easy to tell that a child can have a dental abnormality later in life or not. So it is always good for parents to have an opinion from a specialist early in their children’s lives so that any problem can be spotted and treated.