Malocclusion and Orthodontics (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase the risk of developing malocclusion include:
When To Call a Doctor
Start your child's dental visits at a young age, both to help your child become familiar with a dentist and to watch for any early dental or malocclusion problems. Keep up with regular dental checkups (twice a year). For more information, see the topic Basic Dental Care.
Watchful waiting is when you and your doctor watch symptoms to see if a health condition improves on its own. If it does, no treatment is necessary. If symptoms don't get better or get worse, then it's time to take the next treatment step.
Watchful waiting is often fine for children with malocclusion. Keep in mind that the early years, when the jawbone is still growing, are the best time for braces. Some people wait until they are adults before straightening their teeth. After you talk with a dentist or orthodontist about your or your child's situation, it's usually up to you to decide the timing of treatment.
Who To See
A general dentist or a pediatric (children's) dentist can give dental care, a first checkup for orthodontic treatment, and simple orthodontic corrections.
Dentists who have 2 years or more of extra training in a specific area treat more complex dental problems. Dental specialists who treat different aspects of malocclusion are:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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