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Blin-Ayusawa Orthodontic Clinic > Orthodontics for Children

Orthodontics for Children

Why do children need to start treatment at this period?

The purpose of orthodontics for children is to prevent adverse effect in the future for the treatment of teeth alignment, skeleton, and facial expression. In the case of a child with inverted articulation of front teeth, extreme prominent teeth, or sliding jaws from side to side to bite, orthodontic treatment (as an early treatment) may be started for children aged about 6 to 7 when they begin to cut their permanent teeth.

Since children's jawbones are still on the stage of growth and development, it can be used for the treatment. And normal growth of upper and lower jawbones can be expected by fixing the problems of misalignment of front and back, upper and lower, or right and left jaws at an early stage.

In other words, it is the orthodontics to "prepare for good alignment of teeth, good profile, and a wonderful smile in the future".

We will explain the advantages and disadvantages of orthodontics for children (early treatment) as follows.

Advantages

  • Since children are in the period of active growth and development and the teeth can easily move, it is recommended to receive orthodontic treatment.
  • It is easy to enlarge the jaw and to improve the anteroposterior position of upper and lower jaws.
  • Growth and development of children can be used for the treatment.
  • It is possible to move the teeth more substantially compared to adults.
  • Tissues which hold the teeth (gum, alveolar bone) are easy to adapt.
  • There are more possibilities for treatment without extracting teeth.
  • It makes full-fledged orthodontic treatment (the second period of treatment) after cutting all the permanent teeth to be completed earlier and easier.
  • High possibilities to avoid the operation in case that a jaw grows excessively.

Disadvantages

  • In general, the treatment period of children is longer than that of adults. It depends on when to start and that is because they need to wait until all the permanent teeth to be cut. The orthodontic treatment is divided into two stages such as the first-period and the second-period treatment.
  • Children are more likely to get a tooth decay and gingivitis, because they cannot brush their teeth properly compared to adults.
  • Children may sometimes carry psychological burdens by getting bullied by their classmates because of wearing the device. On the other hand, they may get bullied because of their misaligned teeth.
  • If children do not have the sense of purpose when using removable device, they may not cooperate with wearing the device.

We provide treatment to take an advantage to the utmost extent by having close communication with the parents or guardians each time and try to reduce disadvantages as much as possible.

Also it is one of the benefits of our clinic that the parents or guardians are able to observe the treatment close to the therapeutic seat of the child any time during the treatment. We will respond to any of your questions on the scene about the treatment and explain while showing the mouth of the child.

When to start and what kind of treatment?

First, we recommend you to consult with us as the orthodontic specialists when the child is about 6-7 years old. We will give you some appropriate advise whether the treatment should be done "immediately" or is "too early" by checking the alignment of teeth, the condition of jawbones, or if they have any bad habits (such as thumb-sucking, holding their chin in their hands, biting their bottom lip, or mouth-breathing).

Please see the chart below only as a tentative guide for the orthodontics for children.

If baby teeth only Treatment for anterior cross-bite and extremely protruding teeth to bite with displacing jaws on either one side, and for such. First Period
Period of mixed dentition 6-9 years old Treatment to deal with the skeletal misalignment of upper and lower jawbones and to make space for the growing permanent teeth. Divide into two periods (terms)
Period of permanent dentition 12 -15 years old To make use of the rest growth and development when almost all permanent teeth are cut. Second Period collectively
After 16 years old Treatment for rearranging the teeth to fit in the jawbones when the size of them is almost fixed. Treatment for Adults collectively

Anterior Cross-Bite of Front Teeth of Baby Teeth

Anterior Cross-Bite of Front Teeth of Baby Teeth
*Position of the front teeth improved

Apertognathia because of thumb-sucking and tongue habits

Apertognathia because of thumb-sucking and tongue habits

Malposed Teeth because of small jawbones and big teeth

Two of the lower front teeth with a 90-degree turn.

Malposed Teeth because of small jawbones and big teeth

Traction for Impacted Canine Teeth of Both Sides of Upper Jaw

Traction for Impacted Canine Teeth of Both Sides of Upper Jaw

Enlarged Upper Jaw Dentition

上顎歯列の拡大

Median Mismatch

Median Mismatch

Growth Suppression of Upper Jaw and Natural Growth of Lower Jaw (Treatment using headgear)

Growth Suppression of Upper Jaw and Natural Growth of Lower Jaw (Treatment using headgear)

Anterior Cross-Bite of Front Teet

Anterior Cross-Bite of Front Teet

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Blin-Ayusawa Orthodontic Clinic > Orthodontics for Children


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