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Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics
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While your baby’s new teeth are key for chewing, speaking and appearance, they also hold space in the jaws for the next set of adult teeth. If your child loses a baby tooth before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, a “space maintainer” may be recommended.
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Early detection and treatment of dental alignment and jaw growth issues can benefit your child’s orthodontic care by favorably influencing jaw growth, creating more space for crowded teeth, and helping to correct harmful habits.
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Human tooth development begins in the embryonic stage. It ends about 20 years later with the eruption of the permanent third molars or “wisdom teeth”.
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The American Association of Orthodontists addresses some common myths and misconceptions regarding orthodontic care: http://ow.ly/F3tB30hQHQK
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While thumb sucking is normal and soothing for babies and toddlers, prolonged thumb sucking in young children can affect their bite and jaw structure. http://ow.ly/cqIu30hQHQJ
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Most problems involving the alignment of your child’s teeth and the growth of their jaws can be identified by the time they are in the first or second grade. http://ow.ly/92mB30hQHQI
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Watch this video from the American Association of Orthodontists to learn more about when orthognathic surgery may be needed in conjunction with orthodontics to align the teeth and jaw. http://ow.ly/LhLq30hQHQH
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Up until about 12,000 years ago and the advent of agriculture, human jaws were a perfect fit for human teeth. http://ow.ly/zQin30hQHQG
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Thanks to advances in dental technology, greater access to care, and an increased awareness of the benefits of a beautiful and healthy smile; now over twenty percent of people wearing orthodontic appliances are adults.
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Remember, your age shouldn’t stop you from seeking orthodontic care. http://ow.ly/WlXR30hQHQF
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