Does my child need braces? Your dentist in Puerto Vallarta answers

27 Jan

Does my child needs braces?  Is a question that every parent should ask at a point throughout life? The need for orthodontic treatment can be diagnosed only by an orthodontist, but it is good for the parent to be informed of the best time to present to the Puerto Vallarta dentist.

The temporary dentition (the milk teeth) is necessary for the parent to review the following signs:

• If the child has a perfect smile without spacing between milk teeth, this is a warning of a shortage of space. Milk teeth are much smaller in diameter than the permanent ones , so if they are perfectly aligned it means that the permanent tooth will not have room to erupt or not there is enough space on the entire arch for the eruption of all permanent teeth ;

• The child shows vicious habits of sucking, mandibular propulsion or interposition of various objects or cheek and/or upper or lower lipbiting;

• A predominantlysoft food diet can causethe absence of physiological dental attrition of temporary teeth – a milestone in the development of normal occlusion. Diet is extremely important in the etiology of malocclusion;

• Premature loss of temporary teeth (caries, trauma, extraction) or incorrect fillings are factors generating imbalances. Early loss of second temporary molar inclination makes the first permanent molars to erupt incorrectly.

In the mixed dentition (between 6 and 12 years):

• From 5 to 6 years temporary arch transform normally (due to the eruption of the first molar)from a semicircle in an ellipse. The emergence of modified arch forms (arch shaped like a “V”) is an early sign of a compression of the jaw or even the protrusion of the jaw. Your Puerto Vallarta dentist will tell you the best treatment for your child, depending on his age and personal history.

• Inconsistencies in the temporary arch do not specifically announce an identical situation in the permanent dentition, they still require supervision during the eruption of permanent teeth.

• Vicious habits or abnormal muscle behaviors that were not corrected during temporary teeth now have a greater effect on the skeleton and may lead to malocclusion

• Cavities are once again a feared factor in the development of dental apparatus, especially young permanent teeth caries. A common problem is the loss of erupting first permanent molar long before the other permanent teeth are erupted. This raises orthodontic issues, leading to crowding or even more serious problems like cross bite or anterior deep bite.

It is however indicated to get an orthodontic consultation during this period, because some types of genetically transmitted abnormalities, hereditary can be treated correctly and completely only in this age range. If the parent has malocclusionstreated or untreated then there is a chance that the child will inherit the same forms.

Not all inconsistencies are permanent or require treatment. An example are the lateral incisors. Lower incisors erupt after upper central incisors and at the same time and therefore will have a modified position. Upper lateral incisors erupt in a slightly posterior position, but as the central incisors migrate to the occlusal plane, so will lateral incisor resume normal position. These slight inconsistencies must not be treated.


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