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Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children

What is the difference between early orthodontic treatment, and regular orthodontic treatment and why might my child need early treatment?

How will early treatment benefit my child in the long-run?

These are just a few of the questions surrounding the topic of early orthodontic treatment for children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this point the orthodontist will evaluate whether your child will need orthodontic treatment.

Early treatment (also known as Phase-One) typically begins around age eight or nine (Phase-Two will begin around age 11 or older). The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future. How to tell if your child may need early orthodontic treatment: • Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five, and will have all their permanent teeth in around age 13) • Difficulty chewing and/or biting • Mouth breathing • Your child continues sucking their thumb after age five • Speech impediments • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other) • Teeth that don't come together in a normal manner or even at all • Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes their mouth (crossbites) • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight What causes orthodontic problems, and how will early prevention benefit my child? Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites can be inherited or caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb sucking habits. Most children have lost all their baby teeth by age 13 and by the end of their teen years the jaw bones will harden and no longer continue to grow. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve tooth extraction and the possibility of oral surgery. As a child, receiving early orthodontic treatment can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no chance of extraction or surgery in the future. If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, or if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit the orthodontist, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Our team will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child's smile. What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life. What if I put off treatment? Putting off treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix your smile. Early treatment is most effective for achieving lasting results. Phase — One Your foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles The goal of Phase-One treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper that is growing too much or is too narrow can be recognized at an early age. If children over the age of six are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment. Also, if children around the age of eight have crowded front teeth, early treatment can avoid the need to extract permanent teeth later. • Planning now can save your smile later Children benefit tremendously from early phase treatment. Receiving early treatment may prevent the removal of permanent teeth later in life, or the need for surgical procedures to realign the jaws. • Making records to determine your unique treatment Orthodontic records will be necessary to determine the type of appliances to be used, the duration of treatment time, and the frequency of visits. Records consist of models of the teeth, X-rays, and photographs. During your child's initial consultation, your doctor will take records to determine if early treatment is necessary. Resting Period In this phase, the remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. Retaining devices may not be recommended if they would interfere with eruption. It is best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement. A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path. Otherwise, they may become impacted or severely displaced. • Monitoring your teeth's progress At the end of the first phase of treatment, teeth are not in their final positions. This will be determined and accomplished in the second phase of treatment. Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be in the best interest of enhancing eruption during this resting phase. Therefore, periodic recall appointments for observation are necessary, usually on a six-month basis. Phase — Two Stay healthy and look attractive The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly. Phase two usually involves full upper and lower braces. At the beginning of the first phase, orthodontic records were made and a diagnosis and treatment plan established. Certain types of appliances were used in the first phase to correct and realign the teeth and jaw. The second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all the teeth for an average of 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure you retain your beautiful smile. Orthodontics for Children While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery. Early treatment allows your orthodontist to: • Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches • Create more space for crowded teeth • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life • Correct thumb-sucking and help improve minor speech problems For parents, it's not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment. Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist: • Early or late loss of baby teeth • A hard time chewing or biting food • Mouth breathing • Finger or thumb sucking • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation.

Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults.

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists cites that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too. Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment: • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease • Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth • Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile Treatment options for adults For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include: • Clear braces • Ceramic braces • Self-ligating braces • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces • Invisible braces • Traditional metal braces The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens: The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens, is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include: • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease. • Worn or missing teeth — Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease. • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted. Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us. Why should you consider orthodontic treatment? • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems. • A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back! • Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end. To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.

Orthodontist Dr. Yaroslav Yarmolyuk at Lindenhurst Orthodontics is a licensed orthodontist who provides a variety of treatment options including braces, clear braces, lingual braces and Invisalign to patients in Lake County, IL: Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Venetian Village, Gurnee, Antioch, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Waukeegan, Gages Lake, Long Lake, Volo, Spring Grove, Wadsworth, Beach Park, Park City, North Chicago, Lake Bluff, Hainsville, Winthrop Harbor, Ingleside, Zion, Libertyville, Great Lakes Naval Station, zip codes(60046, 60083. 60002, 60073, 60041, 60031, 60030, 60081, 60087, 60099, 60085, 60048, 60051, 60096), IL.

   
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