There is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit the orthodontist at around age 7, when many baby teeth are still present. Orthodontic treatment may not begin at this time, but this allows your child to have maximum dental care. If treatment is needed, it may consist of limited braces, expanders, or simply space maintainers depending on the severity of the problem. Beginning treatment early in some children can help prevent a more complicated, longer treatment later in life. Early treatment can also help create space for crowded teeth, improve jaw relationships by guiding growth, and stop habits such as thumb sucking. Braces in young children may mean treatment again in a second phase after permanent teeth come in, but in certain cases this can prevent the need for extractions or surgery later in life.
Come visit us if your child is or has:
- Crowded or “blocked out” teeth
- A thumb or finger sucking habit
- Shifting of the jaw
- Mouth breathing
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- Baby teeth loss
- Crossbites or underbites
Any one of these problems can be addressed by an orthodontist. If your child is experiencing any of the above, then maybe it is a good time to go see your local orthodontist. Schedule your child’s first orthodontics checkup with Dr. Kapadia at his Oviedo, FL office to determine if treatment is required and whether braces for kids are the way to go.
Remember, the sooner problems are identified, the easier it would be to get them resolved and ensure that your child grows up with straight teeth and a healthy smile.