Early orthodontic treatment is essential for children who have structural jaw misalignment. In addition, some children will require orthodontic treatment while their baby teeth are falling out to ensure that the adult teeth have sufficient space to grow in properly. Failure to correct overbites, underbites, and crossbites can lead to serious oral health problems over time.
What causes the need for early treatment?
Jaw and bite problems or teeth crowding can be the result of an injury, may be inherited, or may be related to long-term thumb or finger sucking.
How can you tell if your child needs early orthodontic treatment?
If you notice that your child has any of the following symptoms by age 6 or 7, your child should have an orthodontic evaluation.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic treatment?
Imagine how a 7-year old child will feel after his protruding “buck” teeth are corrected, or his speech impediment is significantly diminished once his jaws are properly aligned.
Early treatment usually begins around age 7 and is focused on correcting jaw and bite problems as well as providing a child the right amount of space for permanent teeth to grow in properly.
Early treatment can provide relief for oral health issues at a young age, and it can prevent the need for extensive orthodontic treatment including extractions and surgeries in the future.
Between the ages of 7 and 14, children’s jaws are softer and more flexible. Orthodontic treatment is less painful and quicker when the jaw bones are malleable. After age 15, teenager’s jaws harden, and orthodontic treatment will take longer.
These are a few of the benefits from early orthodontic treatment:
Because children develop at different rates, there is no exact age that most children will require orthodontic treatment. We recommend that all children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7 or 8, allowing us to diagnose potential problems such as teeth overcrowding and uneven bites. Starting the process early by visiting an orthodontist doesn’t mean that your child will need braces. Rather, it gives the orthodontist the ability to identify serious and minor concerns, decide if any treatment is needed, and plan for interceptive or preventative treatment if needed.
If you think your child, a family member, or friend can benefit from early orthodontic treatment, please contact a qualified dental health professional such as SmilingYangs Orthodontics to obtain a comprehensive evaluation.
Since 1998, USC and Harvard – trained Dentist and Orthodontist James T. Yang, B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.Sc., has provided state-of-the-art orthodontic care and service to the South Florida community. SmilingYangs Orthodontics, opened in 1998, is dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care, treating each patient with respect and professionalism. Dr. Yang and his talented team at SmilingYangs Orthodontics take pride in their office atmosphere: a friendly, comfortable environment with courteous, attentive, and punctual staff members. Learn more about SmilingYangs Orthodontics and their excellent patient reviews at www.smilingyangs.com or call (954) 623-8446 to schedule an appointment today.
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