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Early Treatment


Orthodontic Problems.

If you’re in search of a children’s orthodontist in Oakland, NJ, we at Loeb Orthodontics are glad to provide you with the services to cater to all of your orthodontic needs. Our comprehensive selection of orthodontic treatments, including braces and Invisalign, are perfect for patients of all ages. Even the youngest members of your family will benefit from visiting his or her kids orthodontist. It’s our mission to create healthy and straight smiles that last for a lifetime – and we understand that this is a process that starts from early childhood. If you have young children, we recommend bringing them to visit our orthodontic office in Oakland, NJ for an early orthodontic screening.

Why Visit a Children’s Orthodontist for an Early Screening?

There are several ways that kids can benefit from seeing an orthodontist at an early age. But it's important to recognize that early evaluation isn't necessarily followed by early treatment; in most cases, if orthodontic work is needed, we simply monitor your child's growth patterns until we see that it's time for treatment to begin. This gives us an opportunity to get the best results in the most efficient way, and helps us prevent future problems.

Although every child's development is different, for most kids, the first adult molars have typically started to emerge around the age of 6. This, along with other developmental markers, lets us get a handle on the basic alignment of the teeth, from front to back and side to side. It may also be possible at this point to determine whether there is adequate room in the mouth for all of the permanent teeth — and if action needs to be taken.

When Earlier Treatment Is Better

Treatment for common orthodontic problems typically begins around the ages of 9 years to 14 years when all of the baby teeth are gone and many of the permanent ones are in place. But there are some conditions that are much easier to treat if they're caught at an earlier age, when a child's natural growth processes are moving full speed ahead.

Crossbite.One such example is a dental or skeletal crossbite, a condition where the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth. To treat this problem, a device called a palatal expander may be used. This device gradually and painlessly widens the upper jaw; it's especially effective when the jaw itself hasn't fully developed. If we wait too long, a more complicated treatment — or even oral surgery — might be required to correct the problem.

Crowding.Another condition that may benefit from early treatment is severe crowding. This occurs when the jaws are too small to accommodate all of the permanent teeth. Either palatal expansion or tooth extraction may be recommended at this point to help the adult teeth erupt (emerge from below the gums) properly. Even if braces are required later, the treatment time will likely be shorter and less complicated.

Protruding teeth.Early intervention may also be helpful in resolving several other problems. Protruding teeth, especially in front, can be prone to chipping and fractures; they may also lead to problems with a child's self-image. A severe underbite, caused by the lower jaw growing much larger than the upper jaw, can result in serious bite problems. Orthodontic appliances, including braces and headgear, can be successfully used to correct these problems at this stage, when the child's development is in full swing, thereby increasing the chances that surgery can be avoided.

Correcting Bad Habits

Dangers of Thumb Sucking.

At one time or another, anyone may pick up a bad habit. But there are some situations where a youngster's
parafunctional (detrimental to health) 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.

The sucking reflex is natural in early childhood; it usually disappears between the ages of 2 and 4. But if it persists much later, the pressure of the digit on the front teeth and the upper jaw can actually cause the teeth to move apart and the jaws to change shape. This can lead to an orthodontic problem called “open bite,” which 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 — an abnormal breathing pattern in which the mouth always remains open, passing air directly to the lungs — is related to alterations in the muscular function of the tongue and face. It may cause the upper and lower jaw to grow abnormally, which can lead to serious orthodontic problems. Although mouth breathing may start from a physical difficulty, it can become a habit that's hard to break.

Various orthodontic treatments are available to help correct these parafunctional habits — and the sooner they're taken care of, the less damage they may 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 screening!

Visit Your Children’s Orthodontist in Oakland, NJ!

If you have a child who’s of the appropriate age to receive an early orthodontic screening, we invite you to call our orthodontists at (201) 337-3701 so that we can schedule a free consultation for your child. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about our services or our practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us; we’ll be glad to assist you in any way that we possibly can.  We hope to see you soon and put your child on the path toward a straight and healthy smile!

find us 180 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, NJ 07436call us(201) 337-3701NJ Specialty License Numbers 5772 , 2081