For Children - Early Orthodontic Treatment

When it comes to your child’s oral health, it’s never too early to get started. By age seven, most kids have their adult molars and an established bite, which makes it the best age for an evaluation. Taking proper precautions during childhood and adolescence greatly reduces and often eliminates any need for future surgery, giving your child the optimal chance for a great smile well into adulthood. If your child is seven and has not had an orthodontic examination yet, we recommend calling us to schedule an appointment.

 

Phase 1

It is best for children to see an orthodontist by age seven to detect any preventable problems such as crowding or cross bites.

Early treatments can include regulating the width of the dental arches and gaining space for permanent teeth. This preventive care reduces tooth extraction and impacted permanent teeth, and corrects thumb-sucking, abnormal swallowing or speech problems. Earlier care now means easier care later.

Phase 2

In Phase 2, we make sure each tooth is perfectly located to be in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue and other teeth. Managing tooth location maximizes the aesthetic benefits of a beautiful face and smile.

Preventing a problem beats catching up with a cure. At Smile Doctors, we encourage parents to bring their children in by age seven, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

Thankfully most children do not need treatment at age seven, but if they do, early treatment can prevent future problems by:

  • Creating room for adult teeth to grow in. Just like the rest of their body, a child’s jaw and face grow very fast. We can monitor and guide jaw growth to prevent crowding as adult teeth emerge.
  • Guiding jaw growth for the best facial symmetry. Jaw growth not only affects the potential crowding of adult teeth, it also affects the overall shape of the face. We can help guide that growth for the most beautiful smile and face.
  • Reducing the chances of future tooth removal. When adult teeth come in crowded, the chances for tooth extraction greatly increase. The best way to prevent this is to begin early check-ups as adult teeth emerge, so any irregularities are caught at their onset.
  • Helping children to be aware of their dental health to ensure a lifetime of good habits. Bringing your young ones to early examinations helps reinforce the value of taking care of their teeth from the earliest age. Even if you have to bug them to brush, it’s good to have evidence to back you up.

 

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