Orthodontics for Children

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Pediatric orthodontics

Although many parents may not realize it, children as young as 6 years old may benefit from an orthodontic evaluation and initial treatment. By the time the first permanent teeth have erupted, children may show signs of issues, such as crowding or misaligned bites.

Early intervention in these cases can prevent the need for more intensive treatment during the child’s teen years. The jaw is in flux in children, and an orthodontist can manipulate the jaw and its growth rate and patterns to create adequate room for the permanent teeth to erupt in the proper alignment.

Children who get orthodontic treatment at a relatively young age are less likely to need extractions of permanent teeth or to develop impacted permanent teeth. It’s always beneficial to avoid surgery if possible.

Our orthodontic professionals are experienced in working with young children, and we can put them at ease if they have any fear or anxiety surrounding these unfamiliar treatments.

Of course, getting braces is still considered a rite of passage for teens and pre-teens. Many of our practice’s patients postpone beginning treatment until adolescence, and we can improve teenagers’ smiles aesthetics, too.

Keep in mind that orthodontic treatment may involve more than just brackets, rubber bands and wires. Appliances like expanders will adjust the jaw to accommodate all of the teeth. Teen patients can also turn to Invisalign for a more convenient and comfortable orthodontic experience.

It is recommended that parents have their children evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7. Contact our office to schedule an initial consultation.