ORTHODONTICS AND ORTHOPEDY FOR CHILDREN

The best time for your child to have their first orthodontic/orthopedic exam is around 7,8 or 9 years old.

We can assess whether your child may benefit from orthodontic/orthopedic treatment in the future & the ideal time to start.

Your 7, 8 or 9 years old son/daughter has crooked or crowded teeth?

The reason your kid has crooked teeth is simple, the jaw is not big enough to fit all of their teeth. The jaw can be small due to inherited genetics or external factors that can be hindering its growth, such as allergies, accidents or deviated nasal septum, among other reasons.

Subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth can be picked up while kids still have their baby teeth. Starting orthodontic treatment at the ideal time can correct growth issues before they become more complex and difficult to treat. It also makes treatment with braces quicker and easier if they need it later.

Early treatment with kid´s braces can achieve ideal facial growth, guide adult teeth into a better position, improve the appearance of their teeth, lips & face, and lower the risk of trauma on their frontal teeth.

Every child is unique in their growth and development, and each has their own specific treatment needs. Our goal is to provide every child with the most appropriate treatment at the best possible time.

It is common for parents to concern when the first adult tooth erupts in their kid, all kid’s teeth look crowded and too big for their mouths when they first come through. This is perfectly normal and with time, most children’s faces will grow to make enough room for their adult teeth. However, it is different when teeth come out crooked, since it means that jaw bones are too small and will not correct itself in time, we recommend intervening at that point and take your child to a professional and certified Orthodontist/ Orthopedist to asses about your possibilities.

The slight delay in the eruption of permanent teeth is not something that should concern, it can vary from child to child, unless the period of delay are years, in this case we suggest you to visit a specialist.

If your child continues with dental crowding after all of their permanent teeth have erupted or if you notice a lack of space for the missing pieces that have not come out, it is the ideal time to start an orthopedic treatment.

Is your kid breathing normal?

It may be hard to believe, but abnormal breathing problems can disturb the standard development of a face, changing its shape, size and appearance.

“Mouth breathing habit” occurs when most of the breathing takes place only through the mouth instead of nose, is an involuntary and subconscious adaptation to an obstruction of the nasal airway and mouth breathing is required to obtain air. Some consequences of mouth breathing are growth deficiency in jaw and facial bones, the jaw development restriction can result in crowded teeth, difficulty when chewing or biting and an impaired appearance, it can also lead to an open overbite, which is a large space between the upper and lower front teeth when biting, others may experience excessive vertical growth in the jaw resulting in a long face or gummy smile.

Orthodontics and orthopedic treatments in a developing face can be challenging due to the importance of finding ways to promote its normal necessary growth while avoiding an obstruction or detain of the growth.

Just like wearing shoes of the same size in growing feet, early orthodontic treatments and braces in early stages can restrict the development of the face and can result in an abnormal growth, which is the opposite goal that an orthodontist should aim for.

Once deviations in development are effectively corrected we must allow normal growth to continue and any further improper alignment can be easily corrected.

Your kid snores?

If your kid snores, WATCH OUT, do not take it lightly, it is NOT normal. The process of oxygenation during sleep in adults and children is the key for proper body cells regeneration to recover from every day’s wear. (Keep reading SLEEP APNEA)

If an adult or kid snores indicates that their jaw bones are positioned far back, reducing the airway when they breathe. There is a solution for this problem and the ideal age to treat snoring is between 12 and 14 years old, if you are older than this there is also a planned solution. (Keep Reading IMDO)

Your child has a hard time waking up, staying awake in classes, has a small height or complexion? If your child also snores these are some of the effects due to bad oxygenation during their sleep, where the production of growth hormone is reduced.

Snoring has a significant impact on sleep, mental functions and health in general.