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Treating Children During Their Growing Years

When it comes to our children, we always want to do what's best for them, but sometimes it's genuinely hard to know what exactly that is. This is especially true when it comes to their health and development. With so many conflicting philosophies and advice from different books, experts and even television shows, it's frustrating to say the least.

A common question Dr. Buck gets asked by parents with children of all ages is, "What age is best to begin orthodontic treatment?" His answer surprises most and will likely surprise you, as well.

Dr. Buck believes that traditional orthodontic therapy misses out on the biggest factor in a healthy mouth, and that is complete jaw development. For many children, something during their development inhibits the jaw from growing to its full potential, creating problems with breathing, bite and even posture.

For this reason, the ideal age to begin treating a patient is between 6 and 8 years old. Why so young? The face is done growing by age 12, so by working with children during the years they are growing and developing, the outcomes are much better, according to Dr. Buck.

Trying to straighten teeth in a corrupted jaw structure will never bring about the results that lead to a healthier smile and improvements in other elements affected by the jaw such as breathing, posture and joint health.

When the jaw and face is developed forward as nature intended, Dr. Buck says, the airways in the nasal cavity and back of the throat open up, the face looks better, the posture improves, and the joints are decompressed. All of these are measurable indicators of a healthier jaw structure.

By seeking early treatment with jaw growth orthopedics during childhood, even if the child ends up needing braces once their permanent teeth have all come in, they'll only need to wear them for six months to a year, which is far less than the typical time a teenager who didn't undergo growth guidance during development would need braces.

For more information on epigenetic orthodontics, call us today at 206-316-8286.

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