Orthodontics in Children
Orthodontic problems can be seen starting from childhood. In fact, postpartum conditions such as cleft lip and palate are treated with the intervention of an orthodontist. Orthodontics is an important area of specialization that can be needed from birth and improves the quality of life.
At What Age Should The First Orthodontic Examination Be?
What are the Orthodontic Problems in Children?
- Undesirable Habits
- Repetitive behaviors such as cheek and lip biting, thumb sucking, prolonged use of a pacifier or bottle, nail biting, gnawing on hard objects such as pencils, sleeping with an open mouth.
- Problems seen in teeth
- Early or late loss of milk teeth
- Uneven, misplaced or unerupted teeth
- Anteriorly positioned teeth
- Positioning of the upper teeth, which we call buckteeth, too forward
- Problems in the Jaw
- The lower or upper jaw is positioned behind the face
- Positioning the lower or upper jaw forward relative to the face
- Jaw stenosis
- Oral Problems
- Inconnection of the upper and lower teeth
- Closing problems of the mouth
- Unbalanced facial appearance
- Genetic Problems
- Conditions such as lower jaw size and facial length seen in the family are also genetically seen in children
- Orthodontic problems may occur if there are conditions such as sleeping with an open mouth, tonsils, adenoids, mouth breathing, atypical baby swallowing.
- Apart from these, cleft lip and palate that occur with birth are also diseases that require orthodontic intervention and can be solved by the pediatric orthodontic specialty.
How is the Treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate Performed?
Can Children Also Use Braces?
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Is the use of braces a disadvantage in children?
What are the Advantages of Child Orthodontic Treatment?
- As with any early diagnosed disease, orthodontic problems are easier, faster and less costly if diagnosed early.
- Child orthodontic treatment provides the diagnosis and treatment of problems in the teeth and jaw structures of children. Thus, children gain a healthier oral structure. Distorted and incorrect tooth alignment that may occur in the mouth is prevented.
- Uneven teeth are very difficult to clean. The hygiene of the teeth corrected by orthodontic intervention is provided more easily. Tooth and gingival diseases that may occur in the mouth are prevented.
- A disproportionate appearance on the face is prevented by preventing the wrong positioning of the chin. Proportion is provided in the jaw structures positioned forward or backward.
- If there is stenosis in the jaw, expansion is enabled.
- Undesirable habits are avoided. Parental awareness of negative habits such as thumb sucking, nail biting, long-term use of pacifiers, tongue thrusting, and sleeping with an open mouth becomes established. Orthodontic problems caused by these habits are eliminated. Since nasal breathing is performed instead of mouth breathing in children, respiratory problems are prevented. Children breathe more easily. Comfortable breathing is important for physiological and psychological health.
- Tooth fractures, distortions and slippages that occur in traumas such as falls and injuries are treated early to prevent them from creating bigger problems in the future. With a healthy mouth structure, children’s free laughter is guaranteed. It is ensured that children who can speak comfortably, express themselves and laugh are raised.
- Consciousness about oral and dental health is established in children. It is ensured that they grow with healthy teeth and jaw structure.
- It improves the physical appearance of children, prevents the occurrence of aesthetic anxiety, supports self-confidence.
- Child orthodontic treatment ensures that healthy, conscious, good-looking and self-confident children are raised.
What should children who use braces pay attention to?
- By staying away from acidic drinks such as cola, soda.
- By slicing hard foods such as quince, apples without biting them.
- They should divide hard foods such as crispy bagels and toast into bite-sized bites and consume them without biting.
- Sticky foods such as chewing gum and Turkish delight should be avoided.
- They should not consume foods such as snacks and chips.
- They should brush their teeth regularly by paying attention to their oral hygiene.
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