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Orthodontics for kids

Orthodontics for kids

Orthodontics for kids, also known as paediatric orthodontics, focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of orthodontic issues in children. Here are some key aspects of orthodontics for kids:

  • Early Evaluation: Children should have their first orthodontic evaluation by around age 7-8, according to the Association of Orthodontists, Singapore. This early assessment allows orthodontists to identify potential orthodontic problems and determine if early intervention or interceptive treatment is necessary.

  • Orthodontic Issues in Children: Common orthodontic issues that may require treatment in children include crowded or crooked teeth, bite problems (such as overbite teeth, underbite, crossbite, and open bite), dental misalignment, jaw discrepancies, and habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

  • Interceptive Treatment: Pediatric orthodontics often involves interceptive treatment, which aims to address orthodontic issues early before they worsen. Interceptive treatment may include the use of orthodontic appliances like space maintainers, palatal expanders, early braces, or habit appliances to guide dental and jaw development.

  • Orthodontic Appliances: Orthodontic appliances for kids are designed to be age-appropriate, comfortable, and effective. For example:
    - Space maintainers help preserve space for permanent teeth if primary teeth are lost prematurely.
    - Palatal expanders widen the upper jaw to create space for proper tooth alignment.
    - Braces or clear aligners may be used to straighten teeth, correct bite problems, and improve overall dental alignment.

  • Functional Orthodontics: Some children may benefit from functional orthodontic appliances that address underlying functional issues affecting jaw alignment, chewing, and speech. These appliances aim to improve oral function and promote proper growth and development of the jaws and teeth.

  • Orthodontic Monitoring: Regular orthodontic check-ups and monitoring are essential for children undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists track progress, make necessary adjustments, and ensure that treatment goals are being met effectively.

  • Comprehensive Treatment Plans: Orthodontic treatment for kids is part of a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to each child's unique needs. The treatment plan may involve phased treatments, periodic evaluations, and coordination with other dental specialists if needed.

Overall, orthodontics for kids plays a crucial role in promoting optimal dental health, addressing orthodontic issues early, and setting the foundation for a straight, healthy, and functional smile as children grow and develop. Early intervention with paediatric orthodontics can  potentially reduce the need for extensive orthodontic interventions later in life.

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