THE BEST WAY TO KNOW IF YOU NEED ORTHODONTICS IS TO COME IN FOR AN ASSESSMENT.
At times, it can be apparent if you, or somebody you know, requires orthodontic treatment. Other times however, it might be hard to tell. It's advisable to have an initial orthodontic assessment by age 7; this enables the orthodontist to direct the permanent teeth early & properly, preventing any future issues. However, there's no age limit to treat orthodontic problems.
Below are a number of common orthodontic problems that may suggest whether you could be a suitable candidate for orthodontic treatment.
You're said to have this problem when your lower jaw extends further out than your upper jaw. In this instance, your lower jaw teeth rest in front of your upper teeth. If you don't seek timely treatment, an underbite can cause various other related issues.
An overbite resembles an underbite except in this case your upper jaw extends forward than your lower jaw. In this case, your upper jaw teeth rest in front of your lower jaw. At times, your teeth overlap in such a manner that your lower teeth seem hidden, producing a smile that shows fewer teeth and more gums.
A crossbite occurs when you don't treat an overbite and underbite promptly. In a crossbite, your teeth aren't aligned properly and can seem disrupted. It's common for patients with this problem to shift their upper jaw to one side in order to close their mouth and align their jaws correctly.
Crowding occurs when your teeth don't have sufficient room to grow out of your gums in the early development stages. This begins emerging when a child is about 7-10 years old, but could also emerge later in life. It's one of the common reasons for which people seek braces.
Spacing occurs between the teeth for various reasons. One of them is because of a big jaw structure and the teeth have a lot of room to grow out. If you have missing teeth, or if you've had any of your teeth taken out in the past, the remaining teeth will typically spread out over time, causing spacing.
If you suspect you need orthodontic treatment, it's advisable you book an assessment with a specialised orthodontist as soon as possible. We firmly believe in being proactive instead of reactive when it comes to your teeth's health. It's also important you take your children for an orthodontic assessment between age seven and nine for early problem detection & prevention.
To discuss your orthodontic needs, come visit Dr Fine and his team.