Orthodontics for Children at Centre Dentaire Anjou
Orthodontics for Children
We often see young people wearing orthodontic appliances, and for good reason! Orthodontic treatments can be started in childhood. We even recommend a first orthodontic consultation at the Centre Dentaire Anjou around the age of 7 to 9 years old. We’ll explain why it may be relevant to start treatment at a young age and the precise objectives of these treatments, which are often intended to be interceptive.
Your Orthodontist at Anjou
Dr. Julie Caron, orthodontist, has been practicing orthodontics since 2004. In 2008, she became one of the owners of Centre Dentaire Anjou. She is driven by the passion that each member of our large team shares with her, namely that of offering our patients an enjoyable experience and services tailored to their needs
We invite you to consult Dr. Caron with your children for an orthodontic consultation. If their condition requires it, she will be able to direct you to orthodontic care that will promote the proper development of their teeth and jaws. Orthodontic care has many benefits; it is wrong to believe that it only serves to improve the appearance of the smile.
Consulting in Orthodontics From Childhood
The reason why it is recommended to consult in orthodontics with a child around the age of 7 to 9 years is quite simple. By this age, permanent teeth have already started to erupt and replace baby teeth. With their skills and extensive knowledge of tooth and jaw development, the orthodontist can already access the warning signs of problems that may arise in the years to come.
To do so, the orthodontist assesses various important factors during a first orthodontic consultation performed at a young age. These factors include the width of the palate, the way the teeth are positioned on the jaws, and the alignment of the jaws to assess the relationship between the top and bottom. Using X-rays, the orthodontist can even observe permanent teeth that are still developing within the jawbone.
After the examination, the orthodontist can already diagnose problems. These may not yet cause oral health concerns, but they are likely to interfere with the normal development of teeth and jaws.
Here are the orthodontic problems most often diagnosed in childhood:
- The palate is too narrow, which can interfere with the positioning of the permanent teeth, causing dental overlap or malposition.
- A lack of space in the dental arches to accommodate all the permanent teeth.
- Bad dental occlusion, meaning that the upper jaw does not meet the lower jaw appropriately. One may, for example, be too far forward or too far back from the other.