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Can Early Orthodontic Treatment Treat Gaps?
Early orthodontic treatment involves fastening braces to the teeth and then adjusting them over time. Gradually, the braces realign the teeth. The braces consist of small metal bases glued to the teeth, with a slim metal track running the length of them. The brace provides a straight guide for the teeth, keeping them evenly spaced. Where the patient’s mouth is overcrowded, orthodontic treatment may involve removing some teeth. This is to permit space for the rest to sit evenly, closing any gaps.
Why have early orthodontic treatment?
Everyone appreciates a straight smile. Left to nature, teeth often grow unevenly, too closely or too widely spaced or at odd angles. This can make it harder to clean the teeth, creating nooks and crannies difficult to reach. Plaque, tartar and staining can build up in these unreachable spots and may need an in-office dental cleaning to remove.
Early orthodontic treatment straightens and aligns the teeth. This makes good oral hygiene easier to maintain. Even teeth look nicer and are less prone to many dental problems. Orthodontic treatment is a sound investment in anyone’s appearance.
For teenagers especially, orthodontic treatment is a definite bonus. Adolescents usually feel apprehensive about their appearance. A flashing straight smile is a boost to anyone’s self-esteem. Good straight teeth help make a positive first impression at any school environment or even date. The early orthodontic treatment that a pediatric dentist offers can close the gaps between the teeth. As a result, teenagers can feel good about themselves and have a more positive attitude toward life.
When can early orthodontic treatment happen?
Early orthodontic treatment most often occurs in the early teens. By this age, the jaw is mature enough to predict adult size but still malleable. Some people may need orthodontic treatment sooner for specific dental problems. Others may choose to put off braces until the later teenage years. People who have not had orthodontic treatment in their youth often regret it. Some adults have the treatments done later in life, having seen the benefits in others.
Getting orthodontic treatment may take several dental appointments. It will involve speaking with the family dentist or a pediatric dentist. The braces will need to be measured and fitted before being affixed. They will also need regular checkups and adjustments. This process can be uncomfortable, especially in older patients. But it is well worth it to attain that straight, clean smile, free from gaps.
Booking early orthodontic treatment with the pediatric dentist
Orthodontic treatment may seem a long and difficult process. But once begun, it is over soon enough and the results last a lifetime. Begin by speaking to your pediatric dentist to book a consultation. Once the braces are fitted, the teeth will slowly straighten and the gaps will close. Before long, the braces will be off and a dazzling smile will be revealed. Ask about early orthodontic treatments for children and teenagers at your pediatric dentist.
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