When does one go to the orthodontist for the first time?
Ideally, a child’s first visit to the orthodontist will be before they reach the age of ten.
We would now like to provide you with an overview of the age-dependent treatment recommendations.
’Tis early practice – orthodontic treatment (ODT) for children
The first changes in a child’s teeth can occur after they turn four, as a result of frequent usage of a dummy and thumb-/finger-sucking.
Orthodontic treatment should be provided between the ages of six and nine upon any loss of deciduous posterior teeth, large overjet, extremely deep occlusions, and anterior and posterior crossbite.
The overjet describe the distance from the cutting edge of the central upper anterior tooth to the front surface of the lower central incisor.
A deep occlusion impairs the chewing and biting function, and can lead to discomfort in the mandibular joints. Penetration by the lower incisors into the palatal mucosa can also injure it and cause inflammatory changes in the periodontium (gums and jaw bones).
Crossbite usually means that the upper jaw is too narrow.
When the upper posterior teeth bite inward toward the tongue, dental specialists call this a crossbite. This is often present when the upper dental arch is somewhat wider than the bottom.
In some cases the chewing surfaces of the upper posterior teeth do not make any contact with their antagonist teeth, and thus pass them when biting. Such displacements can disrupt chewing function and lead to discomfort in the mandibular joints.
The right time for orthodontic treatment
If orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of ten and twelve, both removable and fixed braces may be applied. The bones are growing especially quickly during this period, and tooth removal can usually be ruled out with confidence.
Beyond the age of fourteen, orthodontic treatment with fixed braces is recommended. A discreet, nearly invisible version has since become available.
Orthodontic treatment (ODT) for adults
Astounding aesthetic and functional results are also possible with adult patients.