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Correction of Irregularly Positioned tooth

Saving teeth and better chewing abilities are prime reasons for orthodontics. The two go hand in hand, because crooked teeth and bad bites are often forerunners of gum disease. The resulting change in facial appearance after treatment is a happy side effect in most instances. Striking personality changes have been noted in people when their chin no longer recedes behind buck teeth, or their jaw no longer thrusts out!

When To Visit Your Orthodontist:
A child's first orthodontic examination should be at age seven, according to a recommendation by the American Association of Orthodontists. This age is when the permanent front teeth are coming in and is usually when the first signs of problems appear.

If the front teeth don't have room, they can crowd the rest of the teeth. Making room for these teeth may eliminate the need to extract permanent teeth later.

Also, teeth that protrude or stick out will be subject to injury if left untreated very long, not to mention the ridicule from the child's peers that comes with having "buck" teeth.

Usually, crowded or protruding front teeth are a sign of an underlying growth problem in the jaws. This condition can sometimes be best treated in two phases to get a better result. Habits such as finger or thumb sucking can also be eliminated at this time to prevent the damage from getting worse.

By the time a child becomes a young teenager, 90 percent of the facial growth has been completed. Thus, the influence that the orthodontist may have on the overall quality of the correction may be reduced if treatment is delayed until age 12.


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