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Are there more things than teeth in the world of orthodontics?

Many parents go to dental clinics with their children for an assessment to determine if their daughter or son will need orthodontic treatment. If this is your case you should know that the mouth of a child, growing child, is constantly influenced by multiple factors. If a child has a malocclusion (he does not bite correctly) it can be because of other causes than the classic explanation of “crowded teeth.”

There are cases where the problem is because of the bone, such as a narrow palate, a jaw with poor length or a combination of both and sometimes it’s necessary to treat them, the sooner the better, since early correction of these problems helps proper growth.

Another factor that must be considered in the mouth is the role that the tongue has. A very short frenulum prevents normal lingual mobility and therefore causes both dental, as bone defects. If the tongue does not rest on the palate when mouth closed it causes it to compress generating a cross-bite and a possible respiratory problem; besides the child can not swallow properly, inserting the tongue between the teeth and causing a habit that will end in an open-bite (the incisors do not contact on a vertical level) that can not be corrected with conventional orthodontics or if achieved you get little assurance that the problem does not reappear.

In conclusion, a child who does not bite properly or has a bit of teeth crowding may hold a more basic problem, which if left untreated can difficult the treatment with classical brackets or even seriously compromise a good result. I invite you to take your children from a very small age (the sooner the better) to the dentist every six months, which will create a very healthy habit, resulting in them losing their fear of the dentist so any oral problem will be easier to solve.

Dr. Jose Pablo Olcina