If you are concerned about your children’s bite or have been told by a dentist that orthodontic treatment may be needed, don’t delay. In some cases, early orthodontic treatment can prevent the need for more invasive treatment down the line.
Using dental appliances like dental plates, space maintainers, night splints and mouthguards today, you and your child may be spared the expense and discomfort of braces in the future. In other instances, early evaluation can help you understand and prepare for any necessary future treatment.
Removable dental plates
Useful in children between seven and 18 years of age, removable plates can help correct minor tooth issues, cross bites and underbites. Removable dental plates can also help end stubborn thumb or finger sucking habits before long-term damage takes place.
Some children who lose a tooth early can benefit from space maintainers. They keep the space in the gum open, so that other teeth don’t shift and prevent the adult tooth from eventually finding its rightful place.
Grinding your teeth while sleeping is a hard habit to break, and one that affects many NZers. Night splits, which look like mouth guards, help by protecting your teeth from the damage that tooth grinding can cause. Both children and adults can benefit from night splints.
Sports-related mouth and jaw injuries are incredibly common in children, often leading to the need for future orthodontic treatment. Dental mouthguards cushion contact to the mouth or jaw, lessening the risk of facial injuries and damaged teeth. Getting your child to wear a mouthguard protects their smile while still letting them have fun on the field.
Talk to us about early orthodontic treatment
If you’d like to get on top of dental concerns early, talk to The Orthodontic Hub about early treatment. With clinics in Mt Maunganui and Whakatane, our orthodontists see patients from across the Bay of Plenty.