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It is recommended that children have their first check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7
The specialist can detect problems of the jaws or teeth growth when the child still have their baby teeth. That is why the Spanish Association of orthodontists recommends that children have their first check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. The problem is often so obvious that the parents can identify it and act accordingly. Sometimes it is not so evident, and the specialist have to realize a correct diagnostics. Besides, an early identification allows to start the treatment in a perfect moment in accordance with the problem to treat,
Although at Ziving orthodontics Valencia we accept patients at any age for orthodontic treatments, including grown-ups, our basis consists of the orthodontics for kids and especially for six years olds. It is the moment when we get the best results, with a global participation in the oral development of the child and with less effort. The simplicity of our treatments and the payment options we offer, make orthodontics affordable to almost any family. It is recommended that children have their first check-up with an orthodontist starting with the age of 6. By that age, a child will have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, and the orthodontist will be able to recognize orthodontic problems even in their earliest stages.
ZivingClub is created for children from 6 years old who want to enjoy and grow through imagination.
We ensure that kids learn to be responsible. The result of a treatment also depends on the cooperation of the patient. We explain to the children that they are responsible for their treatment.
We have created ZivingClub to reward the effort our friends invest to fullfil their commitments.
Effort = reward
Your children will accumulate energy in form of “domes” that can be earned performing positive activities and can be exchanged for rewards.
Why should my child have a visit with an orthodontist?
At the age of 7, the kids start having some permanent teeth and their jaws are big enough for the specialist to identify potential problems with growth and eruption, as well as to anticipate them if necessary and reassure the parents in case everything goes fine. The first molars and permanent incisors have already emerged at age of 7 and thus some problems can already be diagnosed, such as cross-bite, crowding and dental protrusion. The problem of sucking on thumb/fingers can be solved more easily at this age.
Some of the symptoms that indicate an orthodontic treatment is necessary are as follows:
Early or late loss of baby teeth, difficulty in chewing or biting, mouth breathing, pacifier, sucking on thumb/fingers, crowding of the teeth or poorly positioned teeth, jaws that shift or make sounds, biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth, teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all, facial imbalance. During an early visit at the age of 7, an orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to: Guide jaw growth, regulate the width of arcades, guide permanent teeth into a more favourable position, lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth, correct harmful oral habits (pacifier, sucking on fingers), reduce speech problems, improve appearance and self-esteem, simplify the intervention during the second phase treatment if necessary, reduce the risk of impacted teeth (teeth that should have come out and don´t come out), and preserve or save space necessary for the permanent teeth.
How can the child’s growth affect orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment and the growth of a child can complement each other. One of the most common problems that is often treated in a child is the protrusion of the upper teeth. The problem usually appears because the upper jaw is shorter than the lower one. While both jaws are developing, the orthodontics can help both have an harmonious growth. This helps to eliminate the problems related to swallowing This problem, which is relatively easy to resolve when the child is growing, may require a surgical procedure when the growth is over. A check-up no later than age 7 gives your orthodontist the opportunity to
recommend the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time. If early treatment is in order, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
Why my orthodontic treatment is longer than they told me?
An estimate of the treatment duration is just that: an estimate. Children grow at different speeds and respond to treatment in different ways. To begin a treatment the orthodontist designs a correspondent treatment plan aimed at achieving desired results. The cooperation of the patient is always the best indicator that the prediction will be achieved on time. Patients who cooperate using recommended appliances and following the oral hygiene instructions given by the orthodontist, usually achieve excellent results in the target times.
Why do you need to wear retainers after an active treatment?
Once the appliances are removed, the teeth could return to its initial position if they are not stabilised. The retainers serve for stabilization. They are designed to keep teeth in their ideal position until the bones and gums adapt to the changes brought by the treatment. Using the retainers following the instructions of the specialist is the best way to ensure that the smile achieved by the treatment will stay with you forever.
Can the child play musical instruments while in orthodontic treatment?
Playing wind instruments, like trumpet or flute, will require a certain adaptation to the appliances. With a little practice and giving it a little bit of time, the appliances will not interfere with these instruments.
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