Taking care of your teeth is a life-long exercise. It begins in infancy, when those first few teeth break through, and lasts long into retirement.
The responsibility of caring for your child’s teeth
As a parent, ensuring that your child and their teeth have the best possible start in life is a big responsibility. You already take your child to visit the dentist to make sure their general dental health is good, but what about their teeth alignment?
Poor teeth and jaw alignment can have a huge impact. In extreme cases it can cause discomfort, difficulties with eating, sleep problems and even speech impediments. Even moderate alignment issues can significantly affect self esteem, as well as making it more difficult to maintain good dental hygiene.
What can you do to avoid these problems?
Early intervention can be very powerful in orthodontics. Even if your child hasn’t yet got all of their adult teeth, an orthodontist will be able to predict any issues they’re likely to have in the future.
In some cases, intervening before adult teeth come in can help to prevent poor alignment or overcrowding. This is usually called phased treatment. Phased treatment means your child is less likely to have to undergo tooth extractions as a teen, and that they will need to wear a brace for less time.
How can you get advice on this?
If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth, it’s sensible to get advice now. Don’t feel you need to wait until the problem becomes more severe or until your child has all their adult teeth.
A specialist orthodontist will be able to assess your child’s current teeth alignment, and what’s likely to happen in the future. They’ll then be able to advise whether your child could benefit from early intervention, and the best course of action for doing this.