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A Healthy Start

Dentists value lifetime, preventative care for both adults and children. Many people hold off on orthodontic treatment for their children until they're older. However, correcting orthodontic issues using early orthodontics while your children are younger (3 to 13 years old) has been proven to stop the onset of more complex orthodontic problems later on.

Using early orthodontics, dentists are able to help guide the proper development of teeth and spacing. By creating the necessary amount of room for teeth early on, the cost and time needed for orthodontics later in life can be greatly reduced or completely avoided in some cases.

Interceptive Orthodontics represents the first phase of malocclusion treatment, laying the groundwork for proper spacing and jaw bone growth, in addition to utilizing appliances to counteract bad habits such as thumb sucking. To have a smile that’s great for life, children need properly aligned teeth and jaws — in other words, a healthy bite. Why is this important? Because properly developed jaws can affect:

  • Academic performance and attention span
  • Eyesight, airway and breathing
  • Esthetics and self-confidence
  • Sleeping habits
  • Bed wetting
  • Physical endurance and stamina
  • Decreased susceptibility to chronic infections

As a parent, you want what’s best for your children. That includes healthy teeth, a pleasing smile and the ability to achieve their overall potential.

Lifetime Benefits

By starting early, patients will typically have clearer airways and better facial balance as an adult. With improved airway development resulting in proper sleep, an ideal height and growth curve can be maintained through childhood. Being behind the curve on growth and development can increase risk for developing systemic diseases.

In addition, improper airway development can lead to obesity, which can lead to diabetes and other health issues. Dentists look at young patients and think about what their lives will be like at age 76, and what can be done now to help them develop the best way possible.

Interceptive Orthodontics…

  • Often allows for alignment of teeth without uncomfortable metal wires and brackets
  • Can be started at an affordable price (typically 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of traditional braces)
  • Reduces and often prevents the need for orthodontic treatment later in life
  • Helps children achieve an aesthetically-pleasing smile, but more importantly, corrects dental issues and improves the quality of their health
  • Identifies possible issues such as overbite, crowding, spacing, TMJ issues and treats early on
  • Allows dentists to monitor the development and growth of teeth to ensure correct alignment
  • Corrects harmful oral habits and can aid children undergoing speech therapy
  • Creates fast results ultimately resulting in fewer dental office visits
  • Corrects dental deformities early, so children will develop healthy self-esteem
  • Properly aligns teeth so they’re less prone to trauma and injury due to sports or other activity

It pays to start treatment when you have the greatest chance for success. Make sure your child receives an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven. If your child is older than seven, it’s certainly not too late for a check-up. Regardless of your child’s current age, don’t wait any longer.

Common Causes

Early orthodontics helps prevent future and possibly costly orthodontic problems for children. These problems can result from any number of causes including:

  • Genetics
  • Accidents, disease or the premature loss of either the primary or secondary teeth
  • A number of childhood habits, such as thumb or finger sucking, sucking on a pacifier, sucking on the lip, mouth breathing (often caused by enlarged tonsils and adenoids), fingernail biting and thrusting the tongue against teeth

No matter what causes orthodontic problems, there are solutions. Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and make future treatment shorter and less complicated. In some cases, dentists can achieve results that may not be possible once your child is older and their face and jaws have finished growing.

Orthodontists estimate that roughly 45 percent of children need orthodontics to correct functional problems such as a misaligned bite, but up to 75 percent of kids could benefit from having straighter teeth. Receiving necessary orthodontic treatment early on can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult and leaves little to no chance of extraction or surgery in the future.

Myobrace™ at Your Aurora Dentist

A no-braces approach to straight teeth

Myobrace treatment at Gateway Smiles Dentistry uses light, intermittent forces to properly align teeth. This is completed through a series of removable dental appliances worn only 1-2 hours each day or overnight, unlike traditional braces which must be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Based on over 20 years of experience and currently used by orthodontists and dentists in over 100 countries, the Myobrace system has the proven dual function of correcting the oral habits that cause poor dental development while also providing light forces to align the teeth into their natural position.

Who does Myobrace work best for?

The Myobrace System is suitable for a wide variety of orthodontic concerns, with a range of solutions available for most patients. It is designed to work most effectively for patients from 5 to 15 years of age, and is most effective in early childhood while the child is still developing. The optimal patient age group is 6 to 10 years of age.

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