Orthodontics for Children

Pediatric orthodontics

Early Orthodontic Treatment in San Antonio, TX

At San Antonio Orthodontics, our mission is simple: help our patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through quality, convenient orthodontic treatment. As a leading San Antonio orthodontist, we're proud to serve patients of all ages with comprehensive orthodontic care including braces and Invisalign. Sometimes, though, the orthodontic treatment process needs to start early – and when that's the case, we offer early orthodontic treatment to help San Antonio kids achieve great smiles. 

When Should I First Bring my Child to the Orthodontist?

So, just how early is early orthodontic treatment? Chances are you're wondering when you should first take your child to the orthodontist – and we can provide an answer. In keeping with the America Association of Orthodontists, we recommend parents bring their children in for an initial evaluation at age 7. At this age, we can evaluate all tooth relationships and identify both current and future problems, allowing us to choose the ideal time for treatment. We won't always start orthodontic treatment at this early age, but evaluating early gives us the flexibility plan ahead and begin treatment at the perfect moment. 

Why Age Seven?

We evaluate at age seven because this is the age when the back bite establishes itself. Once the first molars grow in, your San Antonio orthodontist can evaluate all the tooth relationships in the mouth, allowing your orthodontist to spot both current issues in the smile and things that may become a problem down the line. Then, depending on the specific needs of your child, your San Antonio orthodontist may opt to begin treatment right away or continue observing your child's dental development until the perfect time for treatment. 

Why Does My Child Need Early Orthodontic Care?

Early orthodontic care isn't right for everyone – but for children who need it, it's the best option for achieving a great smile in the long term. In childhood, the bones of the mouth are more malleable than in adolescence, which allows us to use specialized devices to influence the growth of the jaw and achieve a better smile. In the long-run, this treatment helps to minimize the total time your child spends in braces, and it can prevent costly, extensive treatments like jaw surgery later in life. 

For children who need it, early orthodontic care can come with a wide range of advantages:

  • Achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile
  • Prevent the need for oral surgery
  • Minimize total time spent in braces
  • Solve significant bite issues like crossbite, overbite, or underbite
  • Protect protruding front teeth from damage
  • Eliminate the need for tooth extractions
  • Influencer jaw growth and improve facial symmetry

Schedule a Consultation with Your San Antonio Orthodontist

Early treatment isn't necessary for all children, but it's important that every child receives an orthodontic evaluation when they turn seven. If you're ready to bring your child in for their first appointment, we would love to help. Use our easy online form to request an appointment at our San Antonio orthodontist's office, or don't hesitate to contact us if you have more questions. We can't wait to help your child achieve a gorgeous smile through quality orthodontic treatment!