TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN
Orthodontic Treatment for children is often called Early Treatment. We, along with the American Association of Orthodontists, recommend that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by the age of 7. This enables us to identify potential problems early and correct them before they become more serious. This can not only save you and your child time, but also money. Early treatment often lessens the time a patient will need to be in braces later when all of the permanent teeth have erupted.
Occasionally, interceptive orthodontic treatment has been proven to be advantageous for the overall desired result of a good bite and a pleasant smile. Because a young child’s permanent teeth have not finished erupting, we are usually able to thoroughly assess the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships and address any impending problems at the earliest stage.
During your child’s initial exam we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as possible crowding, open bite, overbite or gummy smiles. Immediate treatment may not be necessary at that time. Your child may not need any treatment at all! However, if treatment is indicated, we will create a personalized treatment plan that will be most appropriate for his/her specific case.
Early orthodontic treatment differs between patients, but may include removable or fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth; preserve space for unerupted teeth; create facial symmetry through manipulating jaw growth; reduce the possibility of tooth extraction; and reduce overall treatment time in braces.
To find out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment, contact us today to schedule a consultation.