Don't blindly give your child orthodontic treatment, read this before you decide!

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Orthodontics is becoming more and more common in modern dentistry, and many parents take their children to the dentist for orthodontic treatment. However, does every child need orthodontic treatment? There are some key things we need to know before getting orthodontic treatment to ensure proper judgment and the best timing for treatment.

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Orthodontic treatment can have a significant effect on improving the occlusal relationship and chewing function of the teeth, maintaining periodontal health, as well as improving the aesthetics of facial shape and soft tissue appearance. During a child's development, timely orthodontic intervention is needed if the following conditions exist

1. circumference: severe problems such as facial midline divergence and mandibular retrusion.

2. problems such as short chin, jaw retraction, buck teeth, etc.

3. Problems such as large gaps between incisors due to abnormal labial tie or abnormal lingual tie affecting pronunciation.

4. Problems such as an abnormal number of teeth, such as the presence of multiple teeth or blocked teeth, resulting in large gaps between incisors or affecting normal pronunciation.

If you find that your child has any of these problems, you can take your child to a dental clinic to have the condition of his or her teeth evaluated to determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary.

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In addition, we need to consider the best age for your child to undergo orthodontic treatment. Depending on the different oral conditions and developmental stages, it is crucial to choose the right timing for orthodontic treatment.

1. Molar stage (about 6-12 years old): At this stage, the child's teeth start to fall out and permanent teeth gradually replace milk teeth. If your child has misalignment at this stage, early orthodontic treatment is usually not necessary. Tooth movement during tooth replacement is normal and the alignment of the teeth will gradually adjust. Premature intervention may lead to undesirable consequences such as anterior tooth protrusion. Therefore, interventions such as wearing silicone braces inappropriately need to be carefully considered.

2. Around 8-9 years of age: At this age, the child is in the period of tooth replacement and may develop problems such as diastema and diastema. If these occur, it is advisable to seek prompt medical attention and discuss an appropriate treatment plan with the dentist.

3. Before 9-12 years old: At this stage, the child is at the peak of jaw growth and development. In case of jaw deformity problems such as small jaws and geodesic problems, timely consultation is required so that appropriate treatment can be chosen.

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In addition, if a child has bad oral habits such as tongue spitting, tongue sticking, lip sucking, biting, mouth breathing, etc. between the ages of 4-12 years old, he or she also needs to be seen promptly and have the necessary interceptive orthodontic treatment. Poor oral habits may affect maxillofacial growth and development and may lead to further malocclusion if not intervened in time.

If the child does not have any of these problems, it is generally recommended to start orthodontic treatment during adolescence (around 12 years of age). At this age, the child's permanent teeth are almost complete and the development of the teeth is more stable.

In conclusion, the suitability and optimal timing of orthodontic treatment needs to be assessed based on the child's oral condition and individual circumstances. Early orthodontic treatment does not apply to all children. Therefore, parents are advised to closely monitor the development of their children's teeth and consult a professional dentist for accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations when necessary. Orthodontic treatment is an individualized process and should be carried out under the guidance of a dental professional to ensure the best treatment results and oral health.