We discuss the benefits of early orthodontic intervention on our Orthodontics page. However, Early Treatment goes a step beyond, helping children from the Anderson area solve what could be lifelong orthodontic problems before they can create permanent structural anomalies in the jaw.
The Early Treatment system does not seek only to move teeth. The intent of treatment is to achieve the proper jaw position during the developmental stage, before all permanent teeth have grown in. On some children, the upper jaw is set too far back; and the lower jaw is set back even further! In the past, many of these children were treated with standard orthodontics in their teen years. The result of moving "protruded" front teeth back could have been a weak jawline and facial profile, as well as breathing difficulties. The Early Treatment protocol addresses the various issues that may stem from unstable facial structure.
The steps that may be involved in this technique include:
After functional treatment, patients receive care that establishes proper swallowing habits and resting tongue posture. Proper nasal breathing may also need to be established with training.
Early Treatment takes time, and it requires a strong commitment on the part of the patient and the patient's family. Early Treatment appliances must be worn FULL TIME. Parents are integral to the success of this process, because the child may become weary of wearing appliances, or self-conscious during certain stages of care when changes in facial structure alter appearance. It is important to maintain a focus on the benefits that will be present at the end of treatment.
Early Treatment is an orthodontic solution that fits within the neuromuscular dentistry aim. Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on correcting jaw misalignment by determining the optimal position of the jaw. The realignment of the jaw joint alleviates the stress on jaw muscles and either alleviates or prevents the pain of TMJ problems. Early Treatment often allows us to correct jaw issues in children, which helps them avoid future problems in adulthood.
Additionally, we are invested in helping children develop lifelong outstanding oral health. We do this through preventive care, education of both the child and the parent, and helping eliminate anxiety in children about the dentist, so that they see routine dental care as part of normal day to day life. Early Treatment helps us set a foundation for lifelong oral health for a child. By fixing orthodontic issues when the child is young, we make teeth easier to care for and minimize the risk of future sleep apnea issues and chronic pain from misaligned jaws.
Some issues are too complex for standard orthodontic care. We pride ourselves on offering our patients innovative solutions to all their dental needs. See how Early Treatment can help give your child the best chance for a healthy mouth. Our goal is providing the best family dental care possible to Anderson, Belton and Greenville County, SC families. We encourage you to give us a call today to set up a consultation to find out how we can help your child get their feet on the path to a lifelong healthy and beautiful smile. Contact our Anderson office today by calling us at (864) 216-7997.