The market of orthodontic treatments for adults is booming with newer, pain free and classier looking inventions. Ranging from invisible braces to full mouth restorations, grown-ups can literally reshape their mouth!
But what we fail to realize, is that most teeth related problems are deeply rooted in early childhood and can be dealt with much earlier in life.
Parents will generally not take their kids to a dentist unless there is a complication. While this has been the traditional approach, sophisticated technology enables dentists to predict any developmental flaws in the child’s jaw or teeth. Which is why visiting the dentist at an early age becomes as important as visiting a pediatrician.
Ideally, dental visits can begin as soon as the child begins teething, as most of the basic jaw structure is about to be formed. Forces that influence this process are hereditary deficiencies, mediums of feeding, and habits like thumb sucking. Early indications of flawed growth show up in various forms. Regular visits to the dentist will help to unravel any trends of unnatural growth จัดฟัน.
The most visible kind of damage can be seen in misaligned or overcrowded teeth. But deformed jaw bone, protruding or retruding jaw and teeth with gaps are also other problems. Many a times, a bad bite can lead to many problems related to ear, neck and shoulder. A more chronic form of bad bite is TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Fortunately, your child need not suffer through all these problems as they can be fixed by orthodontic treatments early in life.
Dentists will recommend orthodontic procedure only from age seven onwards as all permanent teeth have come out by then. This helps to predict the pattern of adult teeth. The most common orthodontic procedure is the use of metallic braces.
Significant developments in orthodontics means that kids do not have to roam around wearing dowdy, old fashioned braces. Today, braces come with colorful elastics, which can be changed periodically. Children can choose from all the lively colors they like. Furthermore, attractive designs like small palms holding the braces together are also fascinating young children. Dentists have also developed ways to make the procedure less painful than before. All these factors are contributing to making braces a socially accepted form of treatment and the stigma attached to them has reduced considerably.
Jaw expansion therapies are used for children with overcrowded teeth.
There are many advantages to undergoing orthodontic procedures in childhood. Teeth and jaw are more easily shaped in childhood. Adults undergoing such treatments have to bear a lot of pain given their well-developed neuromuscular structure. Moreover, having to wear braces or jaw expanders in childhood would mean a brighter smile to flash in adulthood!