Dr. Antosz and Dr. Vincelli know through their decades of practice, working with growth can correct many orthodontic problems before they require complex treatment. Treating kids early at our orthodontist office in Calgary is the first step to support the growth and development of healthy smiles.
Growth correction can prevent the need for jaw surgery. Extraction of permanent teeth can be avoided in many cases. The key is early assessment (7-8 years old) so that care can be delivered at the optimal time.
There are many circumstances where relatively minor treatment at a younger age (before growth is complete and permanent teeth are in) can make any future orthodontic care simpler and far less invasive.
Not all children are candidates for early orthodontic treatment; there are some cases that are best left until the child is older.
Our exam process will give us the chance to determine the optimal time to begin treatment, as well as give you a chance to learn about treatment options, including Invisalign®, an alternative to braces.
One of the most prevalent orthodontic problems is teeth that are too crowded. Dr. Antosz and Dr. Vincelli, your NW Calgary orthodontists, can recognize and provide braces to treat this crowding.
These teeth are extremely difficult to clean, making them more prone to decay, even if good oral hygiene is practiced.
Conversely, spaces can also be a problem, especially if the early loss or extraction of teeth causes healthy teeth to tip into open spaces. Deterioration of the supporting bone may occur, causing teeth to become loose.
This can cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, as well as excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue.
The stress on supporting tissues might contribute to gum disease and possibly lead to the loss of teeth.
Sleep apnea in children can have adverse long-term effects.
Sleep apnea may cause long-term high levels of cortisol which may have negative effects, especially in children:
Making the jaw the proper size, width and alignment with orthodontic treatment can help alleviate airway issues, like sleep apnea, in young kids.
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be screened for orthodontic problems by the age of 7 years old. They may not need any treatment at that time but early screening provides peace of mind. It can help head off difficult to treat problems later on.
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