Children and Braces
Child Orthodontics & Advantages of Early Treatment
- Improves facial appearance and self-esteem
- Takes advantage of the good cooperation of younger patients
- Correcting problems early can prevent or reduce the need for more difficult and uncomfortable treatment later
- Moving the front teeth back makes them less prone to injury
- Improves the bite and fixes jaw problems early, allowing for healthier growth and development
- Uses the child’s growth potential to achieve a more favorable treatment result
Children and teenagers are ideal candidates for orthodontic treatment. Because the jawbone is still changing and growing, a young patient’s smile is particularly receptive to correction. In addition to enhanced aesthetics, a straighter smile also offers significant health benefits including improved speech and better access for oral hygiene.
When Should You See an Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends a visit to the orthodontist at age 7 (or earlier if oral or facial irregularities are present). Early intervention allows us to guide the growth of the jawbone, ensuring that permanent teeth come in better. We do this by creating more space where teeth are crowded and regulating the width of the upper and lower jaws. This helps to avoid impacted teeth and other costly and painful complications later on in life.
What Causes Misalignment?
Most bite issues are inherited, but they can also be caused or exacerbated by habits and behaviors that are common with young children including finger sucking, overuse of pacifiers, poor nutrition and poor oral hygiene.
To determine if your child will benefit from braces or Invisalign, we will perform several painless diagnostic procedures. This initial phase may include panoramic X-rays, bite impressions, and computer-generated images of the head, neck and jaw. These steps also help us to decide on the best treatment option for your child.
Braces and Invisalign are common among children. For this reason, the embarrassment factor is low when compared to adults, and therefore we often use traditional metal braces on children. Colorful bands are added, giving kids a new and fun way to express themselves! As a child moves into the teen years, however, he or she may request a more discreet treatment method such as Invisalign® or clear ceramic braces.
We are here to make your child’s orthodontic experience as comfortable and successful as possible. Please give us a call for more information.