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.
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.
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.