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Pre-Teen

Most children have some adult teeth by the time they are 7 years old. Hence, various dental bodies and associations recommend evaluation of children’s teeth by an orthodontist during this age. Early diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic problems can help in reducing dental complications faced later in life.

Early orthodontic examination may be required if your child faces the following problems:

  • Biting or chewing problems
  • Breathing through mouth
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Blocked, misplaced or crowded teeth
  • Generation of sound while opening or closing jaws
  • Disproportionately placed teeth and jaws
  • Late or early baby teeth loss

If orthodontic related problems are detected in the preteens, early orthodontic treatment can assist in helping to simplify and resolve these issues in a short period of time. Treatment strategies can include:

  • Guiding permanent tooth eruption into correct position
  • Guiding growth of jaw and width of dental arches
  • Correcting bad dental habits such as thumb or finger sucking
  • Solving speech problems or pronunciations
  • Reducing trauma risk to the protruded front teeth

Your orthodontist may examine the oral cavity, order X-rays for detailed evaluation and recommend treatment based on the particular problem. Treatment options include:

  • Braces for correcting crooked teeth, bad bite or misalignment
  • Space maintainers to keep the space of a missing tooth open for easy positioning of erupting adult teeth
  • Expanders to widen jaws

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