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Children's Orthodontics

The ideal age for

the first orthodontic check-up for children

is from 5

years old!

The Spanish Association of Orthodontic Specialists recommends that all children should have an orthodontic check-up with a specialist in children's orthodontics from the age of 5.

From this age onwards, the first permanent teeth appear and we can detect incipient problems, both dental and in the development of the palate. An initial assessment by the orthodontist will allow us to make decisions on the best orthodontic treatment and when to start if there are any alterations.

Knowing when to start child orthodontic treatment simplifies our actions and achieves better results with less effort for children. Early action, when indicated, offers comprehensive control of the mouth and allows us to participate in its development (not limiting ourselves to moving only teeth as we used to do in the past).

Children's orthodontics by age

Children's Orthodontics from 0 to 5 years of age

Children's Orthodontics from 5 to 6 years of age

Children's Orthodontics from 7 to 9 years of age

Children's Orthodontics from 10 to 11 years of age

Orthodontics Adolescents+

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Frequently Asked Questions

These are the questions we are usually asked by mothers who come to Ziving to start a child's orthodontic treatment

Why should my child have an orthodontic check-up with a specialist?

By the age of 5, some permanent teeth have erupted and the jaws have grown sufficiently so that the paediatric orthodontist can identify possible problems with growth and eruption, anticipate them if necessary and, in turn, relieve the parents if everything is normal. The first permanent molars and incisors have erupted by the age of 7 and so problems such as crossbites, crowding and protrusion can be diagnosed. Thumb or finger sucking problems can be more easily solved at this age. It is at this time that the initiation of treatment should be considered. child orthodontics.

Some of the symptoms that may indicate that orthodontic treatment will be necessary are:

Loss of premature or late baby teeth, difficulty in chewing or biting, mouth breathing, sucking on a dummy, thumb sucking, crowding of teeth or poorly positioned teeth, jaws that make noise, biting the cheeks or palate, teeth that do not fit or fit poorly, and jaws or teeth that are disproportionate to the rest of the face. An orthodontic revision with the specialist at the age of 7 allows the professional to evaluate the possible problems if they exist and recommend the treatment of child orthodontics more suitable.

What are the benefits of early treatment?

For those patients who need a treatment of child orthodontics too early, there is a great opportunity to: Guide the correct growth of the jaws, regulate the width of the arches, bring the definitive teeth into their correct place, reduce the risk of problems with the upper incisors, correct bad habits, such as dummy and finger-sucking, reduce speech problems, improve appearance and self-esteem, simplify the intervention of a second phase of subsequent treatment, reduce the risk of impacted teeth (teeth that should have come in and have not), and preserve or save the necessary space for the definitive teeth.

How can a child's growth affect a child's orthodontic treatment?

The treatment of child orthodontics and a child's growth can complement each other. One of the most common problems that is often treated in a child is protrusion of the upper teeth in front of the lower teeth. Most of the time the problem is due to the lower jaw being shorter than the upper jaw. While both jaws are growing, orthodontics can help both jaws to grow in harmony. This in turn eliminates swallowing problems. This problem, which is relatively simple to solve when the child is growing, may require surgical intervention when the growth is complete. It is to avoid this type of problems that we recommend a orthodontic check-up with the specialist no later than age 7, while the child's mouth is still forming.

Why does children's orthodontic treatment last longer than I was told?

An estimate of the end time of a treatment is just that: an estimate. Children grow at different rates and respond to treatment in different ways. When starting treatment, the orthodontist designs a treatment plan that is appropriate for the case and the objective is to obtain the planned results. The cooperation of the patientis always the best indicator that the prediction will be achieved in its time. Patients who cooperate by wearing the recommended appliances and following the orthodontist's mouth care instructions usually achieve excellent results in the expected time.

Why is it necessary to wear retainers after active treatment?

Once the appliances are removed from the mouth, the teeth could return to their initial position if they were not stabilized. Retainers produce such stabilization. They are designed to keep the teeth in their ideal position until the bones and gums adapt to the changes produced by the treatment. Wearing the retainers according to the instructions of the specialist is the best way to ensure that the smile achieved after the treatment of child orthodontics will last a lifetime.

Can my child play sports while wearing braces?

Yes, the use of a mouth guard is recommended if the child engages in any contact sport. Your orthodontist will always recommend what is best for your child.

Can my child play musical instruments while wearing braces?

Playing wind instruments, such as the trumpet or flute, will require some adaptation to the apparatus. With a little practice and a period of time, the apparatus will not interfere with such instruments.

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