Many parents are surprised when their dentists tell them that they recommend early orthodontic treatment for their children. Aren’t braces meant for teenagers and adults? Children tend to get braces at a much earlier age these days than they did in the past. Many children begin their orthodontic treatment around the age of 7, or even younger.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children receive an orthodontic screening by the time that they are 7 years old. Permanent teeth tend to come in beginning at this age, and it is often apparent what, if any, orthodontic problems will arise. The bones of a young child’s body are still developing and growing, meaning that it is an ideal time for a child to be evaluated for orthodontic treatment. Certain conditions, such as crowding, are easier to address while the jaw is still growing. It is often possible to help teeth to erupt into better positions with orthodontic intervention.
Years ago, it was common practice to extract permanent teeth from the mouth in order to “make room” for other teeth to erupt. However, early orthodontic treatment allows a child’s pliable jaw to be manipulated into a better size and shape to allow for a better chance that the adult teeth will emerge in a better position.
At HelloSmile, we know that every smile starts with an initial “HEALTHY SMILE Assessment.” We take the time to provide these six essential steps:
Review your child’s dental and medical history.
Evaluate your child’s bite and how their teeth fit together.
Provide a complete oral exam, complete with X-rays.
Determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary for your child.
Create a customized treatment plan.
Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans.
We will help you determine the appropriate type of orthodontic treatment is best suited for your child’s needs. Orthodontic treatment does not have to seem overwhelming. At Hello Smile, we are here to walk you through every step to ensure that your child receives the appropriate and most successful orthodontic treatment available to address his or her needs and concerns. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Posted on behalf of Park Slope Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics Empowered by hellosmile