LONG TERM ORAL HEALTH
Many people have crowded or crooked teeth, or their teeth don’t meet correctly when they bite. These problems can mean the teeth are more likely to become damaged or put a strain on jaw muscles.
In some cases, abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can affect the shape of the face.
Problems with crooked and out-of-place teeth are quite common in the UK. According to the NHS, around a third of 12-year-olds would benefit from some degree of orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment is a well proven solution to malocclusion, the technical term for teeth that do not fit the jaw, and the positioning of teeth affects their rate of wear and the health of the jaw joint.
It also helps reduce gum disease and tooth decay because it is easier to clean straight teeth.
That’s why patients who receive orthodontic treatment in their youth experience a dramatic improvement to their long term oral health, stopping decay and damage before it has a chance to start.
If your child does not qualify for free orthodontic treatment on the NHS, you can find private options to protect their long term oral health at Crocodile.