Orthodontic Problems.

As a parent, you want your child to have a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Part of achieving this is bringing your child in to see an orthodontist at an early age. The entire team at Smile Worx Orthodontics provides early orthodontic treatment as a means to ensure your child’s smile and mouth develop correctly.  


Before you come into our Edmonton or Leduc office, you may have some questions about the process of early orthodontic treatment. As a part of our commitment to making you as comfortable as possible with your treatment, here are some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers. 


When is the Best Time to Begin Orthodontic Treatment? 


An orthodontist can enhance your smile at any age. However, the optimal time to begin treatment is in early childhood. Most orthodontists recommend that your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation take place at the first sign of an orthodontic problem, or by the age of seven. 


At this early age, full orthodontic services like braces or Invisalign may not be necessary, but a vigilant examination allows your orthodontist to anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Additionally, visiting an orthodontist at this time ensures the greatest long-term result and the least amount of time and expense.  


Why is Age Seven a Good Time for an Initial Evaluation? 


By the age of seven the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. At this time your orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. From that analysis your orthodontist can predict how your bite will develop. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. The earlier these evaluations are completed, the higher the chance for a healthy smile.


Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems, and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. This intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious issues later on.  When orthodontic intervention is not necessary right away, your orthodontist will carefully monitor growth and development so we can know exactly when is the most ideal time to begin orthodontic services like braces or Invisalign.


Advantages of Early Orthodontic Treatment


Some of the most direct benefits of early orthodontic treatment are: 


·                Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth

·                Avoiding common orthodontic problems

·                Improving facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth 

·                Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth 

·                Preserving space for unerupted teeth 

·                Lowering the need for tooth removal 

·                Minimizing treatment time with braces

Dangers of Thumb Sucking.Correcting Bad Habits

At one time or another, anyone may pick up a bad (parafunctional) habit. But there are some situations where a child's bad habits can actually influence the development and function of his or her teeth, jaws, and mouth. Some examples of these are persistent thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and mouth breathing.

Thumb Sucking

The sucking reflex is natural in early childhood; it usually disappears between ages 2 and 4. But if it persists much later, the pressure of the digit on the front teeth and the upper jaw can  cause the teeth to move apart and the jaws to change shape. This can lead to the orthodontic problem called “open bite,” and may impair speech. An open bite can also be caused by the force of the tongue pushing forward against the teeth (tongue thrusting).

Mouth breathing 

This is an abnormal breathing pattern where the mouth always remains open, passing air directly to the lungs . It may cause the upper and lower jaw to grow abnormally, which can lead to serious orthodontic problems later on. Although mouth breathing may start from a physical difficulty, it can become a habitual action that's hard to break.

Various orthodontic treatments are available to help correct these bad habits — and the sooner they're taken care of, the less damage they cause. But these potential problems aren't always easy to recognize. That's one more reason why you should bring your child in for an early orthodontic appointment with one of our orthodontists.

Start Safeguarding Your Child’s Smile Today! 


Get your child started on early orthodontic treatment. A visit to your trusted Edmonton and Leduc orthodontist is a step toward a future of strong and beautiful smiles. Contact us today!



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