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Your Child's Health Depends on Their Jaw Size

Dr. Hart has been at the forefront of jaw expansion in children and has become nationally sought after to speak to this new non-invasive treatment option. Jaw expansion can play a role in child growth and development. As children grow, their jaw bones can become larger, and their bite can become more aligned. This can be achieved through orthodontic treatment such as using a palatal expander or other appliances. These appliances can help correct jaw and bite problems, improve facial symmetry and speech, and create more room for developing teeth. 

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Orthodontia is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the treatment of improper bites and misaligned teeth. Jaw expansion is a specific technique used within orthodontics to widen the upper jaw and create more space for the teeth to align properly. The goal of jaw expansion is to improve the bite and create a more balanced facial appearance. Orthodontia encompasses a wide range of treatments beyond jaw expansion, including traditional braces, clear aligners, and other appliances. Jaw expansion is just one of the many tools used by orthodontists to help improve the oral health and appearance of their patients. Before you undertake orthodontics for your child, please call Dr. Hart, her treatment is different, and more advanced and treats the root cause of why your child may need braces.

Malocclusion (Crooked/crowded teeth) or a bad bite, can lead to many lifelong health issues in children. Some of the most common include:

  1. Tooth decay and gum disease: When teeth are crowded or misaligned, they can be difficult to clean properly, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  2. Speech difficulties: Children with malocclusion may struggle with speech, as the misalignment of their teeth can affect the way they produce sounds.
  3. Jaw pain and headaches: Children with malocclusion may experience jaw pain and headaches, because of improper jaw alignment.
  4. Eating difficulties: Children with malocclusion may have trouble biting and chewing food, which impacts their overall nutrition.
  5. Self-esteem issues: Children with malocclusion may feel self-conscious about their appearance, leading to self-esteem and confidence issues.
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It’s critical to address malocclusion in children as early as possible, as it can be easier to correct while they are still growing, and their bones are still malleable. Dr. Hart is a recognized expert and can provide a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the best course of treatment to address any issues.

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Mouth Breathing Indicates Serious Health Issues

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Mouth breathing in children can lead to a number of lifelong health issues, including:

  1. Dental problems: Dry Mouth, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. It also causes changes in the shape of the face and jaw, leading to bite problems and crooked teeth.
  2. Sleep disorders: Snoring and sleep apnea, can affect the quality of their sleep and overall health.
  3. Respiratory problems: Chronic Nasal Congestion and Blockages, which can increase the risk of respiratory infections.
  4. Concentration and learning difficulties: Look for symptoms such as fatigue, poor concentration, and difficulty with learning.
  5. Changes in mood and behavior: This may lead to irritability, mood swings, and behavioral problems in children.

It’s important to identify the cause of mouth breathing in children and address it as soon as possible to minimize the risk of long-term health problems. Dr. Hart will quickly diagnose and put together a treatment plan so that your child will reduce their mouth breathing and start on the road to living a better life.

Life-Long Permanent Solution to Your Children's Dental Issues

Traditional orthodontic treatments for children, such as braces or other appliances, are typically not permanent. The goal of treatment is to correct the position of the teeth and jaws and improve the bite, but once the treatment is completed, the teeth may start to shift back to their original position over time. To maintain the results of treatment, most orthodontists recommend wearing a retainer, either full-time or part-time, after the braces are removed. The length of time a retainer is needed will depend on the individual case, but it can be a lifelong commitment in some cases to maintain the desired results.

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Dr. Hart’s treatment plan is more permanent and will lead to a lifetime of better health. Don’t commit to traditional orthodontia until you see Dr. Hart.