Crowded teeth often contribute to poor bites, gum disease, jaw bone loss, tooth decay between the teeth, abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Teeth that are aligned and fit together properly are much easier to keep clean making brushing more effective and flossing more comfortable. Healthy bites, teeth and gums promote good dental, mental and general health, protecting you from headaches and chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Orthodontic treatment can boost your self-confidence, helping you feel better about your appearance, potential and future. Smiles attract attention. There’s nothing like being able to smile with confidence! Smiling brings out the best in others.
Not receiving orthodontic treatment, when it’s most desirable, creates long-term issues costing you more in the future. For example, children with untreated narrow arches tend to become snorers, develop breathing and sleep problems and excessive wear of the chewing surfaces of their teeth from grinding and clenching. As an adult, the damage may become irreversible. Chronic headaches and Migraines are strongly associated with unresolved orthodontic, orthopedic and breathing problems.
What is known as interceptive, early or phase one orthodontic treatment utilizes the child’s potential for growth and strives to eliminate the underlying functional problem that created the crowding and improper bite relationship in the first place. When you correct functional problems, such as mouth breathing, tongue tied, thumb habits and improper swallowing, often as early as 3-5 years of age, you may prevent the need for orthodontic tooth loss and extended complex orthodontic treatment and surgery as a young adult. We recommend all children have their first orthodontic evaluation by 5 years of age.