Why Does My Kid Need Orthodontitics?

March 03, 2015 | Posted in Education

Orthodontitics is a specialty in dentistry focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.  Treatment may involve the correction of alignment of teeth, jaws and lips.  Benefits to treatment include prevention of cavities and gum disease, bone destruction and chewing difficulties.  Not to mention a confident smile!
                                                          
Orthodontic treatment during childhood is best since braces can mould the bone as the child grows.  Braces are needed due to inherited problems like missing teeth, extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws.  Some problems may arise from an accident or thumb sucking or losing baby teeth prematurely.
 
Ideally children should be monitored for orthodontics as early as three but typically braces are done when the child is closer to 12 years old, but it can vary.  Treatment is typically about 12 months but varies often with the compliance of the child and maintaining regular appointments. 
 
Have you discussed with your child’s treatment with us at the Rideau Dental Centre?
Call us at 613-230-7475.