What constitutes a great smile in your mind? Perhaps when we think of the idea, we take into account physical features such as dimples, the way the lips arch up higher to the sides of one’s face or of course, a beautiful set of straight teeth. A smile is a show of expression, a sign to anyone in the immediate area that we’re at that one moment in time, expressing joy. And while a straight set of teeth isn’t necessarily the essential piece to what makes a great smile, having them definitely doesn’t hurt.
So exactly what causes malocclusions and what fixes are available? While the issue of crooked teeth is often considered a hereditary one (teeth either have too much space or too little space in the jaw to develop correctly), it is known that some childhood practices that may seem as innocent such as prolonged use of a pacifier and bottle can be considered culprits as well. Crooked teeth are most commonly addressed with braces.
Is there an exact age when the treatment should begin? There’s no simple answer. As humans, in the same way that each of us looks different, we also develop very differently. The same factor holds true for teeth. However, it’s generally believed that the younger one consults with an orthodontist. This can be contributed to the simple fact that bone tends to be softer when we’re younger; therefore, it’s much easier to move them into the desired alignment.
While malocclusions can be a serious problem, a high number of cases aren’t so severe that they actually necessitate treatment. The best answer? Bring your child to a consultation by your orthodontist at least by the age of seven. As an expert, the orthodontist will be able to carefully examine the child’s teeth to determine exactly when treatment should start.