Get A Beautiful Smile At A Young Age

You probably remember walking through the halls of your high school, counting the number of students wearing braces as you went. Back then it was easy to spot the bright metal appliances used to correct a variety of tooth problems, even from miles away. However as technology has evolved, the look and feel of braces has changed, not to mention the recommended age for starting them. In years past it’d be quite the difficult task to find anyone under age 15 wearing braces, but now children can begin the process of straightening their teeth at just seven or eight years old. If you’ve already achieved a beautiful smile and you want the same for your child, it’s time to look into orthodontics for children.

The earlier the better

The american association of orthodontics (aao) encourages parents to take their children in for an orthodontic screening before they reach seven or eight years old. It may seem strange to have a child tested for orthodontic problems at such a young age, but research proves the most severe problems begin surfacing during this time period. Unlike the stubborn and permanent structure of adult teeth, the bones in a child’s mouth continue growing and changing during childhood and adolescence. It’s important to note that receiving an orthodontic screening does not mean a child will be approved for treatment right away, but the orthodontist will know how to proceed with orthodontic treatment in the future if it’s warranted.

How braces can help young children

Because a child’s jaw is still growing, it’s much easier for an orthodontist to solve problems like crowding teeth or a small arch. When an adult visits an orthodontist to prevent crowding teeth, normally extraction of several permanent teeth is required. With a child patient, an orthodontist can use a functional appliance like a palatal expander to expand the arch and help new teeth come through the gums in the correct position. Though braces may still be required later in life, the initial orthodontic treatment provided may significantly shorten the time frame or eliminate the need altogether. If a secondary treatment is needed, it’s referred to as two-phase treatment.

Contact us for information on children orthodontics

Contact our office to receive more in-depth information on orthodontics for children. We can perform an orthodontic screening and lay out a treatment plan for your child so they can avoid the pain and frustration of a long stint with braces and metal appliances. Contact us today for more information.