Does your child have a bite problem?
In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hillal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, shares a simple home exam that can reveal whether your child has a bite problem.
Hello, my name is Dr. O. Today, we are going to talk about a simple exam you can do at home to determine whether your child has a misaligned bite problem and the importance of early intervention.
Following guidelines from the American Association of Orthodontists, iSmiles Orthodontics has always advised parents to schedule a child’s first orthodontic consultation by age 7 – when the teeth are still developing and the jaw is still growing.
We are especially interested in the relationship between the front teeth and back teeth, and the upper and lower jaws.
Is there an obvious overbite, where the top teeth abnormally overlap the bottom teeth or the top teeth simply stick out further than the bottom teeth?
Do the bottom teeth stick out in front of the top teeth, creating an underbite?
Or, is there a crossbite, where one or several upper teeth are misaligned and are on the inside of the lower teeth?
These are some of the evaluations we make to determine whether your child’s mouth is developing correctly and, if not, whether an early intervention treatment plan is recommended and when it should be initiated.
Try this test at home to check on your child’s development progress. Have them take their fingers and pull out their cheeks, then bite down in a normal way. A quick glance will reveal if there’s enough space for adult teeth to emerge and whether the teeth are actually fitting together.
These are basic, simple ways to look at your child’s mouth and determine whether there’s a potential for a bite problem later on.
Note: iSmiles Orthodontics offers Complimentary Early Intervention Consultations every six months starting at age 7, so we can monitor your child’s development and make the best recommendations.
iSmiles has an excellent record working with children and pre-teens. Some conditions, like over-crowding or upper and bottom teeth that do not line up, can be obvious contenders for early intervention. But there are many conditions a parent cannot see that can only be measured by a professional orthodontic exam. If recommended, Early Intervention Phase 1 treatment plans usually start at age 9 and take advantage of the fact a child’s jaw is still growing. Functional appliances can fix or improve these problems and though more treatment is usually needed later on, it may be shorter in time and less involved.
To set up a free Early Intervention Consultation for your child, we invite you to call (949) 385-6814.
Hopefully this answers your question. I invite you to join us next week for Friday Focus!