Crooked teeth in children may be because of the jaws being too small. If there is no room for the teeth, they become bunched up and crooked. There are a variety of reasons why jaws don't develop correctly, but the current thought is improper breathing, diet and pollution as a child grows and develops.
If a child only breathes through their mouth, their tongue lays low so air can come through. This is not good because the tongue is needed to form the roof of the mouth and make it a U-shape instead of a V-shape. The tongue pushing on it from the inside during normal swallowing develops the U-shape of the upper jaw.
With today's dental technology, bone can actually be moved, expanded, and grown in a way that places the jaws into the right position with the correct size. Part of the key to success is the age of the person who needs the procedure.
Consider this - if you wanted to have a unique bend or curvature of a tree in your backyard, you would need to start when the tree was a sapling. The same holds true for people. Starting orthodontic treatment young results in much easier, and almost always better, treatment outcomes.
Expansion appliances fit in the roof of the mouth and sometimes on the lower jaw as well. Once they are in place, there is a screw that can be turned which puts more pressure on the bone, and the bone actually moves.
Kids are tough and adaptable. After the first week they will be totally used to the appliance - how to eat, talk, and keep everything clean.
Oral appliances will help put everything in its right place and will help develop the right jaw-to-jaw relationship for the rest of their life.
Here is another reason early orthodontic treatment is important and essential. Symmetry is beauty. The jaws and teeth make up one-third of the face, and if they don't develop correctly, the face will not be symmetrical.
Getting an evaluation for your child earlier can lead to minimal treatment. Many do not have crooked teeth, they just have limited room. We all like big, beautiful smiles - especially at an early age.
For more information on early orthodontic treatment for children, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.