A common misconception is that crooked teeth in children can be straightened only after all the permanent teeth have come in. But early treatment with removable or fixed orthodontic appliances or a growth guidance appliance is effective in helping the upper and lower jaw grow correctly and this reduces the extent (and expense) of orthodontic treatment when children are older. The facial development in children is 60% complete by the age of 6 and 90% by the age of 12. Intervening at an earlier age allows us to work with the greatest growth of your child simplifying the treatment.
Traditional orthodontic treatment often involves extraction of one or more teeth to make more room in the mouth. But non-extraction orthodontic treatment is the new standard. With this approach, very few cases require extractions. At Dental Artistry, we prefer the non-extraction approach. Rather than removing teeth to make space, our treatment plan develop the jaws to create full, wide smiles. There are also other added benefits of maintaining the tongue space, not impeding on the airways and keeping the jaw relationships balanced. Non-extraction orthodontics is also known as full face orthodontics.
Functional orthodontics addresses the discrepancy between the upper and lower jaw positions Combined with braces they are used to straighten the teeth and correct the positioning of both the upper and lower jaws. This is done to create a harmonious profile and prevent a weak chin, as well as misaligned jaws that subsequently lead to an overbite or underbite, conditions that have been known to lead to more difficult issues, including migraines, sleep apnoea and upper airway obstructions.
Growth guidance orthodontics
Facial development happens early and is 60% complete by age six. Growth guidance orthodontics aims to identify and correct any developmental problems early on, in order to put children on the path to good facial development. With the help of growth appliances (such as an anterior growth guidance appliance) and aids, orthodontists can alter abnormal growth patterns to ensure a functional bite, optimal oxygenation with an adequate airway and, of course, a full, beautiful smile. Children around the age of seven are ideal candidates for growth guidance orthodontics as they have begun getting their permanent teeth by this age.