When is the right time to consider orthodontic treatment for your child?
The Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontists recommend all children have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Treatment does not necessarily begin at that time, but knowing which specific problems a child may be developing can prompt early attention and correct the problem before it starts impacting the child or teen’s health.
The case of a Nanaimo teen treated by Dr. Mahara at Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group is a good example of early intervention heading off a host of serious consequences. The Nanaimo teen’s case started with his adult teeth coming in crooked and tilted and his lower jaw in a receded position. Since the adult teeth no longer formed a smooth chewing surface after the adult teeth came in, the child began to experience the early signs of TMD, a jaw disorder characterized by clicking of the jaw, soreness in the jaw from chewing, jaw tension and headaches. In this case, the child could not even chew gum without complaining of jaw soreness and headaches.
Teen orthodontic before and after photos :
“This was a more complicated case, “ says Dr. Mahara, “as the goal was to fix the jaw position, by moving the lower jaw forward, and straighten the crooked teeth.”
The teen recalls the time when his teeth needed straightening and his jaw was in pain. “I was very aware of my crooked teeth and tried to hide my smile or not smile at all,” he says. “I remember having a sore jaw and headaches almost everyday,” he adds.
Dr. Mahara began the teen’s orthodontic and TMD treatment by correcting the jaw position with a fixed appliance that almost immediately eliminated the jaw pain and tightness which were the early symptoms of TMD. Two years later the lower jaw had moved back into a normal position and then at age 15 the teen began the second phase of his TMD and orthodontic treatment using traditional braces to straighten his teeth.
By age 16, the Nanaimo teen had completed his TMD and orthodontic treatment and couldn’t be happier with his nearly perfect straight teeth and a normal, pain-free bite.
If your child has crooked adult teeth or complains of jaw soreness and discomfort from chewing, talk to your dentist. As with the Nanaimo teen treated at Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group, a positive ending to this story is possible with early intervention and a sound treatment plan.
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