Lets face it, most orthodontic problems are not life threatening. However, there are some early warning signs that can show that your child might need to see an orthodontist earlier than their friends.
Here are the top 5 reasons you may want to bring your child to see us before the problem becomes worse:
1. A thumb, finger or tongue habit
Many children use their thumb as a pacifier, but by the time they go to kindergarten that habit should be long gone.
If left untreated, thumbs, fingers and tongues can cause teeth to be pushed out and the jaws to grow in the wrong direction. Additionally, speech problems and eating difficulties are common in children with these persistent habits.
2. An underbite
Having an underbite is not just a cosmetic issue, its a very serious health issue which can lead to extensive surgical procedures if not treated until later in life.
3. A severe overbite
Many children have an overbite and this is not a bad thing, as in some cases the jaw grows at different rates. However when the problem become extreme, because of thumb sucking or genetic issues, children need to See Dr DiMassa or Dr Wenger. The biggest problem in children with severely protruding teeth is the extreme wear on their back teeth and, jaw problems.
4. Teeth Too Big Mouth Too Small
We see this all of the time, even in adults. In the past many orthodontists just removed 2 or 4 adult healthy teeth to make room for the others. Most of the time, this is a problem known as crowding (i.e. the jaw is too small and narrow). Early intervention with expansion-type appliances can make room without the need for extractions.
5. Snoring, roaring and grinding
If you child sounds like on of the seven dwarfs at night, its time to see Dimass and Wenger. here are several things that can cause snoring and grinding and with early intervention we can treat them all.
If you child has any of these issues, please call and ask about Phase One orthodontics at Dimassa and Wenger