There are many reasons why children’s dentistry should begin as early as possible. For instance, good habits develop early, and getting used to visiting the dentist can have lifelong benefits in the form of excellent oral health and beautiful, confident smiles. Regular dental visits also allow the dentist to ensure that your child’s oral and facial structures are developing properly and in good health. Otherwise, early intervention or correction (such as orthotropic treatment) may be necessary to avoid serious complications in the future.
Assessing the Need for Orthotropics
Orthotropics is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of issues that affect the relationship between facial structures, oral structures, and the disorders that can result from the improper development of either. For instance, in addition to tooth alignment, the alignment and spacing of your child’s upper palate, jaw, and facial structures can also impact their long-term oral health, quality of sleep, and more. To determine if orthotropic treatment is a good idea, your child’s dentist will perform a thorough examination, including an assessment of how the facial and oral structures are developing.
What Orthotropic Treatment Entails
If the dentist determines that orthotropics is the right option for your child, then treatment will be custom-designed according to the patient’s specific needs. For instance, a personalized aligner may be recommended to expand the upper palate and make room for teeth and oral tissues to grow properly. Another may be used to bring the lower jaw into alignment with a properly spaced and aligned upper jaw.
Find Out if Your Child Might Need Orthotropics
If your child exhibits signs of improper facial or oral structure development, then orthotropics may provide a comfortable and comprehensive solution. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400. We also proudly serve patients who live in Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and all surrounding communities.