Early Treatment of Overbite Problems
Many Children have an Overbite Problems
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Early Diagnosis of an Overbite or Crossbite Problem is key!
It is crucial to evaluate children as young as 5 years of age for developing crossbites and overbites. Left untreated, such developmental problems can lead to: headaches, ear pain, jaw pain, facial pain, sinus congestion, and neck problems.
It is important to complete such treatment at early developmental stages, usually between the ages of 10-12 years old.
For example, this cute, young girl presented to our office with complaints of headaches and earaches. Her ENT surgeon had performed 3 ear tube surgeries attempting to relieve her pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, her problem kept worsening and she was starting to lose her ability to hear.
In the 1st photo, notice the deep overbite. Many children have this problem. Some will also grind their teeth, a problem which worsens the jaw to jaw condition. The ear problems get worse and the headaches increase. The child has “developmental” problems and is unable to lead a normal, healthy childhood.
Physicians attempt to treat these problems with medications and surgeries, but fail to diagnose the underlying problem…an orthodontic condition. Weeks after we performed interceptive orthodontic measures her headaches disappeared and her earaches subsided. Her hearing returned to normal levels within 6 months. All accomplished without surgery and needless medications.
Advantages of Early Treatment for Overbite Problems
The same treatment protocol can be followed in young children with deep overbites in order to help them grow properly. The earlier this type of treatment is begun the healthier the child will grow. It also helps to diminish the need for more expensive orthodontic treatment later in life.
Note: these children must also be thoroughly evaluated for tonsil problems. Many will have large, inflamed, and sometimes infected tonsils which contribute to the problem. Often, it is necessary to have the tonsils removed in order to have successful treatment outcome and prevent future growth problems.