Orthodontics can do at any age. However, the appropriate time to do this depends on the severity of the jaw’s deviation, and the deviation of the teeth.
According to the American Dental Association, the best time to treat orthodontics is when your baby has permanent teeth (about 10-12 years old).
At this age, the baby’s jaw is growing, which is very convenient for expanding and rearranging the teeth. The first advice is that parents should visit the dentist when baby at 6-7 years old. At this point, the doctor will evaluate the condition and determine the most appropriate treatment time.
However, there are some cases that need to be corrected early, not wait until the replacement of milk teeth, because if you wait more teeth deviation will be more serious.
Orthodontics can also be performed in an adult, if the patient’s oral health is good. Treatment effectiveness will be limited if the patient is over 20 years of age, which will require more time.
Here are answers for some questions about orthodontics:
1. What causes the deviation of the teeth and the deviation of the jaw?
- Genetic: The father or mother has small jaw, and the teeth are too big or vice versa, making the teeth can’t be placed neatly on the jaw.
- Bad habits cause loss of harmony between the teeth and jaw, such as sucking finger, sucking lips and biting lips, tongue thrust, mouth breathing habits.
- Injury to the teeth.
- Early tooth loss: Careful attention to milk teeth is important in helping permanent teeth grow on the jaws. Baby teeth are a natural directional tool of the body
- Nutrition: Poor nutritional status can affect the development of the jaw.
- Some diseases cause early tooth decay, periodontal disease (loss of teeth leading to corollary as teeth are disproportion).
2. What are the warning signs of early orthodontics?
- The teeth’ axis are turn wrong or crowded teeth.
- The teeth grow in the wrong place, deviation, not neatly on the jaw.
- Milk teeth grow early or late.
- Baby has bad habit like sucking finger, mouth breathing, tongue thrusting…
- Has a deep bite, bias bite, open bite.
- There are deviation of the jaw and the tooth (the protruding or receding teeth, the jaw bone was protruding before or behind).
- Have extra teeth or underground teeth
- Teeth and narrow jaw.
3. Why do you need orthodontic treatment early?
- Helps the jaw develop in harmony with the face, achieving aesthetic effect.
- Helping the bite between two jaws more harmonious.
- Help your teeth grow in the right place.
- Limit injuries when the teeth protrude forward.
- Effectively aligns the teeth without spit (by enlarging the jaw).
- Repair and eliminate bad habits such as sucking finger, tongue thrusting.
- Reduce or eliminate some of the issues that affect swallowing and pronunciation.
- Reduce time and cost of treatment; Less painful and uncomfortable for the patient.
4. Need to extract teeth during orthodontics?
- Do not force extraction.
- Only need to extract the teeth when creating space to rearrange the teeth on the jaw. Many patients already have space between the teeth, if the orthodontic treatment, then just expand the jaw without having to spit.
5. What to look for when treating orthodontics?
- Patients and family members must have close cooperation with the treating physician. Specifically as some of the following requirements
- Seriously wear the retainer according to the instructions of the doctor. Try to tolerate discomfort when carrying orthopedic appliances (especially the type of disassembly). Because you can feel difficult to pronounce and hurt in the first 1-2 weeks.
- Always be re-examined on time to monitor and adjust the retainer from time to time.
- Keep good oral hygiene (especially if braces or other fixed instruments) to prevent cavities, gingivitis and bad breath.
- Do not eat hard food (ice cold, candy, hard bread) or sticky. Do not bite the pen or bite hard objects. Because if you do not comply, the braces will be damaged or fallen out, prolonging the treatment time.
- Should not play sports that can cause facial injuries or teeth such as football, boxing…
6. Choose where to perform Orthodontics?
Because this is a difficult technique, requiring a doctor to be well trained in this field, requires thoroughness and accuracy. Therefore, the implementation steps must also comply with standards, to bring the highest efficiency.
- Quoc Binh Dental Clinic has over 20 years of experience in the field of intensive care for oral diseases. Caring for more than 20,000 patients each year, successful treatment about aesthetic and functional improvement for patients in need of intensive intervention such as orthodontics, implant transplantation…
- Medical staff are regularly sent to improve their professional skills at national and international training courses.
- With the motto “Care from the heart of the physician”, we always put the benefits of patients on the first. Therefore, the patient is not only a customer but also a member of the family of Quoc Binh Dental Clinic, with the trust, love and peace of mind in each service performed in the clinic.
If you and your family have any dental problems, do not hesitate to contact us for the best care.
Quoc Binh Dental Clinic.