Does your child grind their teeth?
Children often grind when their teeth are coming in. There are so many changes going on in their mouth, that this is not uncommon, nor is it a problem if it is mild. However, more more than really mild cases can lead to a malocclusion, a misalignment of teeth. Malocclusion generally leads to a need for Orthodontics or the child may develop TMJ problems.
If you have concerns about your child's teeth grinding, it would be a good idea to make a consultation appointment with the Zanca Orthodontics Team. We will check for signs of excessive wear so an effective treatment can be used to prevent serious problems, or we might want you to keep an eye on it, to make sure it doesn't become a bigger problem.
This consultation appointment is recommended for any child 7 years and older. The initial exam can be a helpful way to get a clear idea about your child's orthodontic needs; we offer this exam at no charge. Although a referral is not required for consultation appointments, we will work directly with your family dentist to assure cooperative comprehensive care. We will present you with treatment options, an approximation of treatment time, an estimate of the cost, and answer any questions.
There are two peak periods of teeth grinding. The first is when the baby teeth start to come in, and the second is when the permanent teeth come in, usually between 5 and 7 years of age. If you child is beyond these peak teeth grinding periods and is still grinding their teeth, it is crucial to see an orthodontist. According to studies, teeth grinding (Bruxism) is actually a way for the brain and muscles to detect the position of the teeth as the child's teeth erupt and the jaws grow.
To make a FREE consultation appointment, call one of our convenient locations. For more information about Zanca Orthodontics, visit us at www.zancaortho.com and like us on Facebook.
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Rockport, ME 04856
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