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When Should You Consider Orthodontic Treatment for Your Child?

Addressing these issues while your child is still growing and developing may help save your child from having complex treatment plans once their adult teeth have emerged. Getting started early can also help save you time and money down the road.

What Happens at an Orthodontic Evaluation?

We will look at your child’s teeth, face, and jaws to determine proper growth and development. X-rays may be taken if recent ones aren’t available or don’t provide the correct angels necessary for evaluation. We are explicitly looking at tooth placement, bite and jaw alignment, and the overall development of the mouth and face. We may recommend early treatment If any issues are noticed.

Additionally, If your child displays any of the characteristics below, it’s good to schedule an orthodontic check with us. 

  • Lost their baby teeth earlier or later than expected – Note: Children typically begin losing their baby teeth around age five
  • Has Crowded Teeth
  • Sucks on their thumb after age five
  • Has teeth that don’t come together normally
  • Displays any speech impediments
  • Has trouble chewing or biting
  • Has protruding teeth
  • Experiences a shifting of the jaw when opening or closing their mouth
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What are the various bite issues that we look for?

Three common malocclusions (bite problems) are crossbite, crowding, and impacted teeth.

Crossbite – A crossbite exists where the top teeth and bottom teeth do not come together or bite in the correct position. Instead, the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. If the back teeth are affected, the upper teeth sit inside of bottom teeth, and this is referred to as a posterior crossbite. One or more top teeth sit behind the bottom teeth in an anterior crossbite. This should not be confused with an underbite, where the top teeth are located behind the bottom teeth, and the bottom jaw is pushed forward.

Crowding – Overcrowding of teeth is when there is not enough space in your mouth for your permanent teeth to grow straight, which can cause misalignment of your bite and teeth.

Impacted Teeth – An impacted tooth is a tooth that does not fully erupt above the gums. This is typically caused by overcrowding; your jaw is too small for all of your teeth, or the tooth is erupting in the wrong direction. Not all impacted teeth require oral surgery.

Space maintainers play a crucial role in orthodontics, especially when it comes to ensuring the optimal dental health of children. At Marlboro Pediatric Dentistry, we recognize the importance of space maintainers in serving the children of Marlboro, NJ, and the surrounding areas.

What are Space Maintainers?

Space maintainers are dental devices designed to hold the space for a permanent tooth when a baby tooth is lost prematurely. In pediatric dentistry, they are often recommended to prevent neighboring teeth from shifting into the vacant space, which can lead to alignment issues and future orthodontic complications.

Importance of Space Maintainers:

Preventing Misalignment: One of the primary roles of space maintainers is to prevent adjacent teeth from drifting into the gap left by a missing tooth. This helps maintain the proper alignment of teeth, reducing the likelihood of orthodontic problems later on.

Promoting Proper Growth: Space maintainers contribute to the healthy development of permanent teeth by ensuring they have adequate space to erupt in their correct positions. This is essential for a well-aligned and functional smile.

Avoiding Future Complications: Without space maintainers, the loss of a baby tooth can lead to a domino effect of dental issues. Misalignment and crowding can occur, necessitating more extensive orthodontic treatments in the future. Space maintainers act as a preventive measure against such complications.

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Why Choose Marlboro Pediatric Dentistry?

At Marlboro Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in providing comprehensive and child-friendly dental care. Our team understands the unique needs of young patients and is committed to ensuring a positive and comfortable experience.