Many people dream of having a perfect smile, but there is still a lot of them that fear the need of going through orthodontic treatments. That is one of the reasons why having regular dental visits as a child can make someone grow old without that kind of fear, with beautiful teeth and proper dental hygiene habits. One of the most common orthodontic treatments consists in the use of dental braces to straighten and align the teeth, and although there is not a specific time to use them, the earlier the better.
Every patient’s case requires attention. Only proper orthodontic dental evaluation can determine the need of using:
(a) Functional Jaw Orthopedics (ALF, Expanders, Bionator, Twin Block, BioBlockOrthotropics, DNA Appliance, Facemask, Homeoblock, etc)
(b) Dental braces
It is expected, though, that kids begin to have dental appointments as soon as their first baby teeth start to show (approximately 6 months of age). This way, the dentistor orthodontist can identify if there is any oral habits (thumb sucking, pacifier, tongue thrusting) that can lead to a malocclusion. Early observation of the child’s dental formation and oral habits will allow early prevention of dental malocclusions and if necessary in order to begin any maxillofacial orthopedic orthodontic treatment at age 4 or 5.
It is important to know that proper care and maintenance of primary (baby) teeth is essential for facial development. One of their main functions is to keep the correct space in the arcade for the future permanent tooth that will replace it and that is why they should be maintained until their natural loss.
If you feel like you need braces or other kinds of orthopedic or orthodontic treatment in order to fix your jaw alignment and teeth, set an appointment with anyone of ourcaring Toronto dental health professional at Oasis Dental Milton. It is never too late to have the smile you have always dreamed of.