Oral health problems might arise as a result of crowded teeth and jaw alignment disorders. The grooves of your molars on the top and bottom should fit together snugly, and your top teeth should lay slightly over the front of your bottom teeth.
Malocclusion is when your teeth and jaw do not line up properly. It can put a strain on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), alter your facial appearance, and narrow your airway, putting you at risk for snoring and sleep apnea. Crooked or crowded teeth can be difficult to clean, and they can have a dramatic influence on your smile. It's critical to keep an eye out for problems that can necessitate orthodontic treatment.
What Is Ortho Screening?
Orthodontic screening is a visual examination of the mouth that aims to detect occlusion abnormalities in children and adults. Children should have an orthodontic screening by the age of seven. The following are indications that orthodontic treatment is required:
- Baby teeth loss, early or late
- Breathing through the mouth
- Thumb/finger sucking
- Having difficulty chewing or biting food
- Teeth that are crowded, misplaced, or blocked
- Teeth that do not come together or come together abnormally
What Happens During an Orthodontic Screening?
Orthodontic screening is a painless process in which we examine both your teeth and the face structure. We will examine the face for any asymmetries that may be developing as your child grows. It's possible that some treatment will be required to fix them. The alignment of the teeth, as well as the existence of any lesions or other disorders in the mouth, will be noted during the dental checkup. Crowding or occlusion concerns, missing teeth, abnormalities or cross-bites, and any repercussions from oral habits will all be examined by your dentist.
What Are the Advantages of Ortho Screening?
One thing is certain - getting an orthodontic evaluation as soon as possible is always a good idea. It helps us to see if there are any issues and guide you through the best course of action to ensure optimum teeth alignment. The early preventative treatment provides a possibility to help:
- Reduce the possibility of harm to protruding front teeth
- Aid in the development of the jaw
- Eliminate bad oral habits
- Improve the appearance of permanent teeth by guiding them into a more advantageous position.
Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Robbins or Dr. Fincel. Call us at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.