You can take them off, wear them at night, on average 14-16 hours a day. Removable therapies have the most success when the growth and development of the jaw and teeth are not yet complete. Kids wear them depending on the severity of anomalies, from 6 months to several years.
You probably know that it’s never too late to start orthodontic treatment, but when it comes to your child’s teeth, the earlier intervention the better.
There are several advantages of earlier orthodontics. It is extremely important to come earlier for an orthodontic exam, which does not necessarily mean early therapy. If orthodontic treatment is needed, we will follow your child’s growth patterns to determine the right time to start the treatment. This gives us the ability to get the best results and to prevent future problems in the most effective way.
Although the development of each child is different, in most children, the first permanent molars are starting to grow at six years of age. This, together with other developmental marks, allows us to get a real picture of the future tooth position. At this point it is also possible to determine whether there is enough room in the mouth for all permanent teeth, and if not, take appropriate action.
When is the earlier treatment better?
Treatment of common orthodontic problems usually begins at the age 9 to 14 when most kids lose their baby teeth, and the permanent teeth start to appear. There are situations that are much easier to treat if treatment starts at an early age when your kid grows at “full speed”.
This may include problems with a bite, lack of space for permanent teeth and many other anomalies that can be fully or partially corrected by timely treatment.
If we wait too long, the kid may need more complex treatment, or even oral surgery, to solve the problem.
Crowded teeth is also one of the problems that is much easier to treat earlier. This happens when the jaw is too small for proper spacing of all permanent teeth. In this case, we can do the palatal expansion or extracting extra teeth, which will allow permanent teeth to be properly positioned before or during growth. Even if later braces are needed, the treatment time will likely be shorter and less complicated.
Early intervention can also help solve several other problems
Protruded teeth, especially in the upper jaw, may be subject to fractures; they can also lead to problems with the child’s self-confidence.
Progeria, caused by the irregular growth of the lower jaw relative to the upper, can lead to serious bite problems. Orthodontic appliances, including hyrax and facebow, can be successfully used to correct these problems at the stage when child development is in full swing, thus reducing the need for a more complicated procedure.