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Crooked, Misaligned and Crowded Teeth

Habits such as incorrect swallowing, tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, mouth breathing can cause poor development of the jaws and therefore poor facial appearance and crooked teeth.

 

Thumb sucking

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Tongue thrusting

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If a child's teeth and jaws are not developing correctly, facial development is also most often incorrect. The influence of health problems like allergies, asthma, poor posture and nutrition all have an effect on facial and dental development. The way a child swallows determines if the teeth will be correctly aligned or crowded.

These problems should be evaluated and treated while the child is still growing, well before the usual age when children have braces. Orthodontic treatment with extraction of permanent teeth can be avoided by early action.

Early treatment to correct these habits and develop the jaw can result in a better looking face and help avoid braces and extractions.

 

The secret to the above is early diagnosis at the age of 4 or above.

 

Treatment between ages of 4 and 10 generally involves around orthopaedics which is where we generally expand the jaws so that we minimize the need for orthodontics or even if we need orthodontics then it for a short period of time

 

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After generally the age of 12 we have to place braces on. However that does not mean the orthopaedics cannot be carried out. Each child is an individual and needs to be evaluated before any treatment is commenced

 

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Why is orthopaedic and orthodontic treatment important?

Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints, which can result in chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.

 

When left untreated, many orthodontic problems become worse. Treatment to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.

Orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health and change your facial appearance for the better, and it can boost your self-esteem. It can provide you with the chance to participate in improving the way you look. Patients often feel more self-confident even before treatment is completed. The value of an attractive smile should not be underestimated.

 

Crowded teeth in children may not cause an immediate problem in a child’s health and development but can be a cause for long time worry as the child grows.  The reasons for crowded teeth are many but the most important underlying cause is the poor development of the jaw. The jaws; the upper jaw, lower jaw or both do not grow because of a number of reasons. Bad habits such as mouth breathing, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, sucking on a pacifier for prolonged periods can all be causes for under development of the jaw.

 

 The baby or primary teeth that start appearing by one year of age or younger and are all there by age 3 should have gaps between them. These spaces show that there is enough space for permanent teeth to come out straight and even when the primary teeth fall out by age 6. This is called as crowding of teeth. If there is no space between baby teeth, there could be many problems that can be faced. Since there is no space between the teeth, food will get caught between the teeth and if proper brushing is not done there will be tooth decay eventually causing the tooth to fall off. Premature falling of baby teeth is not good as the permanent teeth will make their appearance only at a specified age and the jaw will not develop correctly if baby teeth are absent.

 

Crowded teeth will cause the permanent teeth to be misaligned and crooked when they make their appearance. Misaligned teeth may not be able to masticate food properly and may cause digestive problems and stunted growth. Misaligned or crooked teeth may also cause lisping and inability to speak clearly. These can have psychological repercussions on the child’s personality and mental well being. Crooked or misaligned teeth do not make a pretty picture and the general facial appearance of the person is compromised by them.

 

For all the above reasons, it is important to take crowded teeth treatment from expert paediatric dentists such as Sydney Childrens Dentistry.

 

There are many crowded teeth treatments that can be given and the course of treatment can be decided after ascertaining the cause of crowded teeth and the extent of crowding. 

 

In early childhood between the ages of 4 and 10, crowded teeth treatment is orthopedic in nature where ways are found to expand the jaw giving the teeth more space resulting in evening of the teeth.

 

Orthodontic treatment is one of the best crowded teeth treatments in older children and can improve dental health of your child and also change the facial appearance of the child for the better. This can in turn boost self-esteem and self confidence of the child. Orthodontics involves the use of braces to straighten out crooked teeth after space is  created by extracting a tooth or more.

 

Which among the many options in crowded teeth treatments is suitable can be determined only after careful examination of the child.

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