Orthodontics treatment is becoming more common place and can be used to help with a variety of complaints including a deficit of bone growth, temporomandibular joint issues (TMJ), difficulty with breathing, position of teeth and position of the tongue.
It is common for teenagers to consult an orthodontist; however, it is important to know that orthodontics can be used from the age of about 4.
Why is it important to ask an orthodontist so early?
At this age, the child has deciduous dentition, or baby teeth and the permanent, adult teeth have not yet emerged. This situation allows for treatments to be more efficient because we can have an impact on the growing bones. By ensuring correct, healthy bone growth, it allows for the optimal emergence of permanent teeth.
Starting treatments earlier brings a better balance between the different structures of the body, a true harmony and makes the treatments more stable.
During an assessment your orthodontist will ask if your child is or was a thumb sucker or used a pacifier, he will have a look at the respiration (breathing) of your child, nose and mouth breathing, and he will test the mobility of temporomandibular joints (TMJ).
Using osteopathic treatments alongside orthodontics can enhance their success
The osteopath can help by improving the mobility of cranial bones (the skull), cervical vertebrae (the neck), hyoid bone (in front of the neck) and of course the rest of the body, the chest, pelvis, etc. These different parts of the body all have an influence on the mouth and the orthodontic treatment. The body exists as a whole, not a collection of separate pieces. Using a combination of treatments will decrease the time required to achieve results and allow a greater impact on the position of teeth.
Using a combination of treatments will reduce the time needed to produce results and allow more significant impact on the position of teeth.