3] Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatments
Choosing airway orthodontic treatment can be highly beneficial for children as it includes much more than simple teeth straightening.
Early orthodontic treatment is a great way to identify issues with your child’s developing mouth and treat them before they turn into growth and development and lifelong problems. In airway orthodontics, before suggesting treatments, various factors are taken into consideration such as their breathing, sleeping and eating patterns, growth and development, body posture, child’s growing age and their specific dental malocclusion.
By understanding the type of malocclusion, an airway focused paediatric dentist will use appropriate orthodontic appliances to not only straighten teeth, but also to achieve the correct growth of jaws to determine the right bite & maintain health jaw joints(TMJ), which influences body posture and airways.
An airway focused paediatric dentist will be the first to notice if there are any critical problems in the development of the child’s jaw and mouth. At times, identifying these problems early will save the child from potential painful treatments in the future and other health problems. If the child doesn’t require treatment, the paediatric dentist will simply track their development to ensure their teeth and jaw align.
Corrects Harmful Oral Habits
Oral habits like thumb sucking are a natural reflex for some kids from birth till age five. It is even common for some children to continue this habit till they’re six. However, even if the habit continues past age one or two, the damage to their teeth is already done. As mentioned above, other harmful oral habits such as bottle feeding, lip & pacifier sucking, lip sucking, clenching and grinding of teeth, snoring and mouth breathing can also lead to development of crooked teeth in growing children.
Here, an airway focused paediatric dentist may suggest Myofunctional Therapy and use of some prefabricated appliances like Myobrace or Myomunchee or some jaw growth appliances including some habit breaker appliances to correct these habits.
Lowers Risk of Tooth Decay
Straight teeth makes it easier for children to clean their mouths and floss thoroughly. However, the story is different with crooked teeth. Children with crooked teeth are more likely to get tooth decay as it is harder to brush and floss. This leads to poor oral hygiene.
Crooked teeth pose a serious health risk to children, which is why it is critical to visit an airway focused paediatric dentist before the age of five. Preventive dentistry and getting to know the right age for braces for your kids is the best way to ensure their oral health is right on track.
Reduces Teeth Grinding
If your child experiences frequent headaches or neck pain, it could be due to teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is mostly caused by an unaligned jaw or airway obstruction and could lead to chipped enamel or a sore jaw, tooth sensitivity, wear of the teeth, mouth dryness, stiff neck, muscular pain and tension headaches. To correct this habit, you need to consult with an airway focused paediatric dentist, who may suggest jaw growth modifying appliances along with braces to fix the underlying bite problems that result in bruxism (teeth grinding).
Often when a child has speech difficulty, you don’t link it to their teeth. However, if your child’s teeth or jaw are not aligned, it could be the main cause of speech issues. Slurring, lisping and mispronouncing the letter ‘T’ and ‘S’ are some of the most common impairments. Here, correcting the alignment of the jaw and teeth while they are developing is the best way to ensure this problem won’t follow them throughout life.
Having an aligned jaw and straight teeth allows the child to chew their food easily. It helps with their overall development to break food down into smaller pieces for digestion. If your child’s teeth and jaw are not aligned, the orthodontist will suggest braces to optimise their placement. This will help improve digestion and other vital developmental factors.