Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early Orthodontic Treatment as early as Age 4

Here at Aurora Orthodontics & TMJ we do things much differently! We like to treat the underlying cause of crooked teeth when the problems first appear. Traditional orthodontic offices like to wait and see what happens, meaning treatment with braces may not start until age 11 or 12. That approach makes treatment much more challenging and takes more time. Maybe permanent teeth are removed, or surgery is contemplated.

By evaluating and starting treatment as early as four years old we are able to catch poor myofunctional habits like mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing, and thumb sucking early, before the major destruction occurs. Modern research shows these poor habits are the real causes of incorrect jaw development, crowded teeth and other orthodontic problems.

The forces of the tongue, cheeks, and lips combined with these bad oral habits can have a big effect on how teeth are positioned, as well as how jaws grow. A normal top jaw grows properly when the tongue rests in the correct position, in the roof of the mouth. If the tongue does not rest in the roof of your mouth, the top jaw and airway will become too narrow, so the teeth will not have enough room to grow straight and breathing will be compromised.

Bad oral habits such as mouth breathing can result in conditions such as:

  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Lack of concentration
  • Allergies
  • Sinus problems
  • Chronic sickness
  • Swollen tonsils and adenoids

Our New Early Orthodontics program

At Aurora Orthodontics & TMJ we have a program that assures your child’s success. We see young children from age 4 to evaluate and correct harmful oral habits. If uncorrected these result in the development of malocclusions and poor facial growth. By seeing a child with monthly visits our myofunctional therapists can coach the child and parent to substitute positive habits for adverse ones. Our therapist provides homework activities, and by using a treatment appliance called Myobrace, together we can achieve a beautiful natural smile. Our New Early Orthodontics approach increases long term stability and often minimizes or even eliminates the later need for traditional braces and retainers.