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Give Your Child the Gift of a Beautiful, Healthy Smile!
Here at Gentle Dental Care, Dr. Williams and his team of dental professionals offer early orthodontic care for children. By treating your child’s problems early, you save money and may prevent the need for more extensive future treatment. Dr. Williams can get your child’s smile off to a healthy start by treating your child early! Parents want the best for their children; straight teeth, properly sized jaws, straight profiles and beautiful smiles.
75% of 12-year-olds need orthodontic treatment, yet 90% of a child’s face has already developed by that age! Here at Gentle Dental Care, Dr. Williams guides your child’s facial development early as up to 80% of your child’s treatment can be corrected before the adult teeth are present!
Many children who need orthodontic treatment due to a bad bite have underdeveloped lower jaws. Dr. Williams can improve your child’s profile and correct the bite problem within a fairly short period of time.
Why is early treatment so important?
Dr. Williams can help correct and can often prevent: Bite problems, underdeveloped jaws, narrow arches, crowded teeth, deep overbites, jaw joint problems, airway problems and thumb-sucking habits.
Many children with narrow jaws, deep overbites or receding lower jaws have unhealthy jaw joints which can cause:
• Headaches and neck pain
• Dizziness and fainting
• Earaches or ringing in the ears
• Clicking and locking jaws, or difficulty opening jaws
Deep overbites and receding lower jaws may cause earaches, stuffiness or ringing in the ears. If infection has been ruled out, Dr. Williams can eliminate these symptoms effectively.
Mouth breathing can lead to orthodontic problems as well as other problems such as poor sleep habits. This can leave children prone to daytime fatigue, an inability to concentrate in school and headaches. Mouth breathing can cause narrow arches and unattractive smiles. While children are actively growing, Dr. Williams and his team here in South Carolina can help them achieve a broad, beautiful smile and prevent many issues.
Due to the fact that younger children between the ages of 8 and 11 are often much more cooperative than children between the ages of 12 to 14, early treatment is a very smart choice.
Crowded teeth are caused by narrow arches. Developing the arches at an early age may prevent or eliminate the crowding of permanent teeth and often eliminates the need to remove any adult teeth. Narrow jaws can confine the tongue and interfere with normal speech. Dr. Williams can help ensure proper growth and greatly enhance your child’s ability to speak normally.
Dr. Williams can prevent or eliminate the need for the removal of adult teeth
and lengthy use of braces, speech difficulties and crowding in many cases.
Early treatment, (ages 5 to 12), should be initiated for habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking, a constricted airway due to swollen adenoids or tonsils, mouth breathing or snoring problems, a bad bite or narrow or underdeveloped jaws. Dr. Williams suggests that it is critical to correct any functional or jaw problems as soon as they are diagnosed.
Dr. Williams takes great pride in helping children to have the healthiest, most beautiful smile possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with one of our Gentle Dental Care, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry team members today.