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Beautiful Smiles Start in Childhood

Are you wondering if your child is too young for braces? The American Association of Orthodontists actually recommends a child’s first orthodontic exam be done by the age of 7. By that age, most children have a mix of primary and permanent teeth that allow an orthodontist to evaluate developmental problems with the teeth and jaw. Though orthodontic treatment is something most of us associate with teenagers, getting your child to the orthodontist at a younger age can have huge benefits for their oral health and development. Early intervention with orthodontics can treat developmental issues before they become major problems.

What Problems Can Early Orthodontic Treatment Correct?

Early orthodontic treatment, also known as Phase I or interceptive orthodontics, is designed to treat developing problems, create space for permanent teeth, and guide the development of the teeth and jaw. Some issues your orthodontist may look for and correct include:

  • Crossbites
  • Underbites
  • Excessively crowded or spaced teeth
  • Teeth that do not meet when biting
  • Thumb, finger, or pacifier-sucking that is affecting the teeth or jaw
  • Over-retained primary teeth that result in bite problems

During your initial consultation, your child can expect to have photos and x-rays taken of their teeth and jaw to properly evaluate and diagnose any issues that need early intervention.

How Does Early Orthodontic Treatment Work?

If your orthodontist determines early treatment is needed, he or she will typically prescribe the use of orthodontic appliances and/or limited braces. Some of the commonly used appliances include rapid palatal expanders (RPEs), headgear, tongue cribs, lower lingual holding arches (LLHAs), habit appliances, orthodontic facemasks, and holding appliances or space maintainers.

These appliances can often seem intimidating to both parents and children, but remember: early intervention often prevents major developmental problems as your child grows. Delaying treatment until all your child’s permanent teeth are in often makes problems harder to treat. In fact, bite problems that are caused by poor jaw development may require surgery to correct in adulthood.

Does My Child Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?

If you live in Gwinnett or Hall County and want to know if your child needs Phase I treatment, make sure they get the best possible treatment and come to Braces Now! Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care to help your child get the beautiful, functional smile they deserve. We offer a variety of treatment options, flexible financing, and we accept most insurance carriers. Request your free consultation today!