Your child’s teeth may appear perfect to you. However, there may be some problems that are not visible. Such issues can only be detected when you walk into our clinic and meet our specialist. An early diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic issues in your child may help prevent more severe concerns in the future. Hence, it would be best if you took the ortho screening of your child seriously.
What is Ortho Screening?
An ortho screening or orthodontic screening includes a visual screening of the mouth to coin out different kinds of occlusion abnormalities in the littles ones. Our specialist performs this visual screening using a tongue blade. Sometimes, we may also use a gauge or orthodontic ruler to perform the same. After the screening is over, we may suggest a diagnostic examination. We recommend your child must have an ortho screening by the age of seven years.
Who Needs Ortho Screening?
Your child may need an ortho screening if they have the following symptoms:
- Mouth breathing
- The habit of finger or thumb sucking
- Difficulty chewing or biting the food
- Misplaced and crowded teeth
- Teeth erupting abnormally or not at all.
Why Opt for Early Ortho Screening?
When you find out a dental issue or any other health issue in an early stage, it becomes easier for us to treat the same because their teeth can be easily moved and restored. Early treatment or screening benefits your child’s oral health and improves their quality of life. The restoration of dental problems at an early stage also keeps future problems at bay and helps them to maintain proper dental hygiene.
How is Ortho Screening Done?
Ortho screening is a non-invasive procedure. It doesn’t only acknowledge your child’s teeth, but their facial form as well. We will look for the asymmetries on their face that may start to appear as your child grows up. After the screening, we will design a suitable treatment plan to correct the problem.
The examination of your child’s teeth will also note their alignment, the existence of any lesions in the mouth, and other issues such as occlusion, missing teeth, crowding of teeth, cross-bites, anomalies, and several others. Your little ones can benefit from the oral screening, especially after their baby teeth have fallen out and permanent teeth have grown.
The length of the treatment depends upon their dental condition. In many cases, the treatment following ortho screening continues for two years. The duration of the treatment may be shorter in minor cases of malocclusion.
Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.