Preventive orthodontics is an easy action we can take to ensure future health.
Breathing is a natural part of our lives, something we do more than 23,000 times a day, yet most of us don’t get the full benefits of breathing properly.
In these times, breathing has taken an even more important role as inflammation, pollutants and our environment take their toll on our bodies and our health.
Modern research has identified that our facial structure is a major component of proper breathing and our health. At Dickinson & Branon, through our extensive postgraduate studies, we have seen the cause and effect of this jawbone structure and breathing interaction. What’s more, we also have expertise in how to implement real and lasting changes that can improve a patient’s overall health.
Preventive orthodontics is the least invasive and easiest action we can take to shape future health. Research shows that crooked teeth and poor jaw development are not caused solely by hereditary factors—as parents, we can take action now.
By starting as early as age 3, we can help children grow out of future airway issues including allergies, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), and other systemic health issues.
In addition, the need for future extensive orthodontics that aim to achieve a beautiful smile can be prevented or minimized, saving both time and money. Each child is beautiful and unique, as is each family’s situation.
Call us at Dickinson & Branon Dental Care to schedule a consult with you and your child to learn more about the possibilities and how simple it can be to give your child a head start in life.
If it’s been six months since your last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment!
What is preventive orthodontics?
By intervening from an early age we are able to use removable fixtures. These help optimize growth to prevent and correct the underlying causes of crooked teeth, sleep apnea, and other systemic health problems.
When is the optimal time to intervene?
Early preventive orthodontics is most effective from age 3 to 15 when a child is still growing. A lot of health problems can be corrected after that age using other options that may require long-term commitment and change.
What is the process?
A non-invasive scan and full mouth evaluation is done with parent and child. A series of soft fixtures are custom created for each child. More importantly, our team work with both child and parent to train them on proper breathing and use. Next, we schedule follow up appointments, either remotely or in person, along with checks and training. The child will need to wear the appliance for the prescribed time daily, with the support of a parent.
When will we see a difference?
We all know that children grow quickly, and subsequently, we have seen change occur in as little as a few weeks. We will usually see substantial differences within three to four months. These are lasting changes that will permanently make a difference in your little person’s life.
Will we need to wear a retainer forever?
Each case is different, and how early we intervene and how compliant the child is can play a role. By achieving optimal growth for the child, future intervention may not be needed.