Is Orthodontic Treatment Inevitable?

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Visit the dentist regularly and ensure your little one practices proper hygiene. While a lot of people don’t worry too much about cavities in children and think the primary teeth are just going to fall out anyway, they serve an important purpose. They save a place for the permanent teeth so they’ll have room to come in properly. Losing baby teeth early can cause the adult teeth to erupt incorrectly resulting in a need for treatment.

Make sure your child wears a mouthguard for any contact sport or activity that has a risk of dental injury. Like we just mentioned, losing baby teeth too early can create issues and knocking out permanent teeth has the potential to be even more problematic.

Keep an eye on harmful habits like nail biting or pen chewing, both of which are associated with a front crossbite. While recommendations vary, the American Academy of Pediatrics takes the stance that children should stop drinking from a bottle by age two and sippy cups should only be used as a brief transition to regular cups. The majority of experts say parents should try to wean toddlers from their pacifier by age three. When it comes to finger or thumb sucking, which is a bit harder to put the kibosh on than pacifier use, Dr. Sharma usually tells parents to try to break the habit when a child is four or five. We even have a recent post on the topic if you need some guidance.

So, is orthodontic treatment worth it? For people with moderate or severe malocclusion, it definitely is. Even for those with more mild cases, the boost in confidence and improved oral hygiene are certainly valuable. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Sharma at Aura Orthodontics to have your child evaluated. He’ll examine their mouth, chat with you about your options and help you decide if they need treatment. If they do, we offer metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen in Surrey and Abbotsford. We have the expertise and technology to ensure treatment is as fast and comfortable as possible to give your child the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve.

 

 

Dr Vishal Sharma
BSc, DDS, Cert. Ortho.
FRCD(C), FCDS(BC)

 

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