Dentists Who Are Specialized in Orthodontics Discuss Importance of Early Evaluation

Many parents believe today that braces for their children must wait until all of the child’s adult teeth have erupted. The truth is that some dental issues are more easily corrected when children are younger. Addressing problems early has the potential to lessen the amount of time children spend in orthodontic treatment later.

Sometimes braces are needed due to genetic reasons. Many orthodontic problems such as jaw and tooth size, overbites, under bites, extra or missing teeth and jaw discrepancies may lead to teeth spacing and crowding issues down the road. These are inherited problems that can’t be prevented. Other times, orthodontic problems are caused by accidents or dental disease.

Orthodontic issues also can be the result of children’s poor mouth habits. Thumb sucking, using a pacifier, breathing through the mouth and tongue thrusting all are problems that can be corrected through early childhood orthodontic intervention จัดฟัน.


Sucking the thumb, fingers or a pacifier beyond age four or five can result in deformation of localized teeth and supporting bone. This is because by age four or five, a child’s permanent are preparing to erupt.

Prolonged thumb-sucking also can cause the upper teeth to stick out as they erupt. It can make the lower teeth become crooked and can create a narrow upper palate.

Mouth Breathing

It may sound strange, but children who breathe excessively through their mouths can cause serious problems in their cranio-facial development that could lead to the need for jaw surgery if left untreated for a long time. Mouth breathing also can lead to serious malocclusions.

There is a direct relationship between the degree of mouth breathing and the severity of malocclusion in many patients. Additionally, there are multiple other health issues associated with incorrect breathing.

Getting orthodontic treatment while children still are young has made correcting these issues easier and has eliminated the need for surgery in many cases.

Tongue Thrusting

When a child pushes her tongue against the back of the teeth during swallowing and creates abnormal swallowing patterns, this is referred to as tongue thrusting. It also involves the improper resting of the tongue. These bad habits can force teeth out of alignment.


Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth attended the University of Minnesota Dental School and graduated in the top of her class. She earned the Minnesota Association of Orthodontic Achievement Award and several academic achievement awards. She entered her orthodontic residency at the University of Minnesota and earned a certificate in orthodontics and a Master of Science degree.

Dr. Eisenhuth is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. She takes pride in caring for the orthodontic needs of residents in the Twin Cities- St. Paul and Minneapolis, and their surrounding regions, including Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights, Burnsville, Apple Valley and Eagan, Minnesota. Her office is located at 3340 Sherman Court, Eagan, Minn., 55121.

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