The beauty of smile is not fully appreciated when your teeth are misaligned or crooked. Orthodontic treatment is used to correct this condition.
Correcting the problem can create a nice looking smile, but more important orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth. That’s because crooked and crowded teeth make cleaning the mouth difficult, which can lead to tooth decay,gum disease and
possibly tooth loss. An improper bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and can lead to problems with the jaws.
Malocclusions generally become noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12, as the child’s permanent (adult) teeth erupt. Orthodontic treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14. Treatment that begins when a child is growing helps produce optimal results. As a result, children should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. By then, they have a mix of primary (baby) teeth and their permanent (adult) teeth. Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.
Children aren’t the only ones who can benefit from Orthodontics. No matter your age, it’s never too late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile.