Every child between the ages of 7 and 9 should have an assessment of their dento-facial development.
It includes an examination of the child, an interview with the parent(s) and a Panoramic (OPG) study of the child’s jaws.
Potential developmental issues exist that must be identified and corrected in early childhood in order to avoid potential complication later in life.
Early intervention programs often tend to be cheaper, more in tune with your child’s development, less invasive and ultimately more successful than alternatives that can be offered to a grown individual.
The following are examples of some problems that we try to identify in early childhood:
- Breathing difficulties/upper air-ways issues (please read on the importance of proper breathing patterns for the development of teeth and face)
- Early signs of jaw growth discrepancies (for example upper jaw being too narrow for the lower jaw, or vice versa)
- Early indications of potential severe crowding
- Signs of tooth impactions (adult teeth being unable to grow properly and getting “stuck” in jaw bones.
Early intervention in orthodontics may help your child avoid invasive and expensive treatments in future, such as tooth extractions to relieve crowding, or jaw bone surgery to compensate for growth discrepancies.