Why Have Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Child at a dentistEvery parent wants their child to be able to smile with confidence, but for many that’s not the only reason to investigate orthodontics in Weybridge for use at an early age. While the average age for orthodontic treatment is about 12 years old, dentists such as Weybridge Orthodontics like to focus on children aged seven and upwards, in order to be on top of any emerging dental issues.

Early orthodontics in Weybridge has many benefits. An orthodontic consultation at a young age can catch emerging issues and adjust for them before they become problems. A common issue may include crossbites, as the earlier treatment begins, the easier it will be. This is because a child’s jaw is less developed at this early age and can be guided along the right path rather than working to reverse issues at a later age.

Overcrowding is also a major issue in orthodontics in Weybridge. Traditionally, many orthodontists would wait until age 11 upwards to treat a crowding problem, but the problem won’t get any better by waiting. Early treatment has been proven to correct narrow arch and create space for adult teeth as well as for the tongue, so it may function correctly when swallowing. Plus, early treatment can avoid the need for future tooth extraction or even jaw surgery.

Early orthodontic treatment can also:

  • regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches
  • gain space for permanent teeth
  • avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions
  • reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
  • correct any habits that can cause bad bite later on
  • eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems.

In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

Two phase treatment

Fundamentally, phase one orthodontics in Weybridge works with the young child to make space for their permanent teeth and phase two begins once the teeth have emerged. Often children who undergo phase one treatment have a much shorter phase two.

Not every seven-year-old will need phase one treatment, but if they do and if a trained orthodontist, like those at Weybridge Orthodontics is there to help, it could make a big difference in the outcome of later treatment.