July 24th, 2014
When a child begins to get their permanent teeth and they start to come in very crowded and close together, many parents simply assume that as a child loses their primary teeth their adult teeth will eventually come in and create appropriate space. This simply is not the case. Issues of crowding will simply worsen over time and can be more difficult to fix as children reach adulthood.
Most orthodontists would recommend that children come in for an initial consultation before the age of eight years old. This is usually around the time that children are starting to get some of their adult teeth and orthodontists will be able to gauge just how these permanent teeth will impact and eventually set into place. Through x-ray technology and experience orthodontists will be able to get a clear picture for how a child's teeth may look as an adult without any orthodontic care. Early on orthodontists can correct issues such as tooth crowding so that as a child grows older they can begin to have their permanent teeth come in naturally with space and without any severe oral health issues.
Orthodontists can recommend treatment and carry out initial consultation treatments as well as monitor future crowding to prevent it. In some cases children may need a two-stage treatment in the form of tooth extraction early on in life followed by braces to correct and align teeth later on. If your children are struggling with cavities and tooth crowding it's important to consider that they will never grow out of these issues and that orthodontic intervention is required to correct them.
For an initial consultation from an orthodontist in Gainesville or to learn more about tooth crowding in children contact Wilson orthodontics in Cleveland, Gainesville and Flowery Tree.
Orthodontic Myth: Tooth Crowding Improves As a Child Grows Older