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At Accorde Orthodontists, we strive to be your premier choice when you’re looking for an orthodontist in the Maple Grove, Champlin or Rogers, MN area. We’ve been providing superb orthodontic care for those in the northwest suburbs for decades, gladly servicing the community through our three offices. Our convenient locations are found in the proximity of several elementary and middle schools. This wasn’t a coincidence or accident – we strongly believe in the importance of coming in at a young age to check for problems and treat them before they get more serious.

 Orthodontic Problems.

Why Is Early Treatment So Important?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should have their first orthodontic screening by the age of seven. There are many ways that kids can benefit from seeing an orthodontist at a young age, though it’s important to note that early visits don’t necessarily lead to early treatment. If orthodontic work may be needed, we’ll monitor your child’s growth patterns until we find the opportune time to begin treatment. This allows us to not only prevent future problems, but get the best results for your child.

Conditions Where Early Treatment Is Better

Generally, treatment for common orthodontic problems are performed between the ages of nine and 14, when the baby teeth have fallen out and the permanent teeth have all fully erupted. However, there are still some conditions that are much easier to treat if they’re caught at an earlier age.


Severe Crossbite

Crossbite.One such condition is severe crossbite. This condition is where the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth. In order to treat this problem, a device called a palatal expander can be used. The palatal expander is used to gradually and painlessly widen the upper jaw. This device can be incredibly effective when the jaw hasn’t fully developed. If a patient waits too long to come in, a more complicated treatment, such as oral surgery, may be required to treat the condition.

 

Severe Crowding

Crowding.

Severe crowding is another condition that can benefit from early treatment. This condition occurs when the jaws are too small to accommodate all of a patient’s permanent teeth. Palatal expansion or tooth extraction may be recommended to help the permanent teeth erupt properly. Even if braces are needed later, the treatment time will be shorter and less complex.

 

Protruding teeth.

 Early treatment can also be very helpful in treating some other problems as well. Protruding teeth, especially ones in the front, can be prone to getting chipped or damaged and may lead to a child having poor self-image. A severe underbite, where the lower jaw grows much larger than the upper jaw, can result in serious bite problems. Orthodontic appliances, such as braces and headgear, can be used to correct these problems at an early stage before surgery may be needed.

Correcting Bad Habits

Anyone can pick up a habit, but some of these habits can actually be detrimental toward a child’s health. Bad habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and mouth breathing can actually negatively affect the development of the teeth, mouth, and jaws.

Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is a reflex that’s natural in early childhood and usually disappears around the ages of two to four. If this habit persists much later than that, the pressure of the thumb on the upper jaw and front teeth can cause the jaws toDangers of Thumb Sucking. change shape and the teeth to move apart. This may impair speech and also lead to the orthodontic problem called open bite – where a gap is between the upper and lower front teeth when the teeth bite down.


Tongue Thrusting

Tongue thrusting, a behavioral pattern where the tongue protrudes through the anterior incisors during swallowing, speech, or other activities, can also cause open bite.

 

Mouth Breathing

Mouth breathing is an abnormal breathing pattern where the mouth always remains open and passes air directly to the lungs. This habit is related to alterations in the muscular function of the tongue and face. It can cause both the upper and lower jaw to grow abnormally, leading to serious orthodontic problems. Mouth breathing may start from a physical difficulty, but it can turn into a habitual action that’s tough to break.

At Accorde Orthodontists, we’re supplied with plenty of orthodontic treatments that can help correct these habits. The sooner these problems are taken care of, the less damage they can cause. However, these problems aren’t always immediately recognizable, which is why you should bring your child in for an early orthodontic screening.

Contact Your Maple Grove, Champlin, and Rogers Orthodontist!

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for you or your child, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form. Alternatively, you can give us a call at one of our three convenient locations. Our Maple Grove office phone number is (763) 425-9888, our Champlin office phone number is (763) 315-0002, and our Rogers office phone number is (763) 428-4228. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you soon and help you out with all your orthodontic needs!

 

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