Early Interceptive Orthodontics
Did you know we offer orthodontic services for children at our office? Orthodontics can lead to straight, uniform looking teeth. They can also fix bite problems or alignment problems that can lead to pain and discomfort down the line. Getting braces or other orthodontic treatment can be a big confidence booster and help your child grow into a beautiful smile. It can be ideal to start early interceptive orthodontic care for your child, to prevent problems as they get older.
When Should Your Child Start Getting Orthodontic Treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children may need early interceptive orthodontic treatment around age seven. This doesn’t mean that most seven year olds will need braces. But, it is a good time to start, so your Meridian family dentist can can see if work needs to be done in the future.
While most children won’t need anything done at the age of seven, some can benefit from early interceptive orthodontics treatment. This early work can be helpful and beneficial as working with a growing mouth and jaw can lead to great orthodontic results.
By scheduling an appointment with us when your child is around seven, we can look for any problems that might start as your child grows. This allows us to make a plan and intercept any issues if necessary. Early treatment and prevention can make future treatment easier and more effective.
There are many alignment problems that interceptive orthodontics can solve:
- Ensure that there is enough room for permanent teeth to grow in.
- Guide jaw growth to ensure facial symmetry.
- Reduce the risk of trauma that is associated with protruding front teeth.
- Lessen or get rid of the need to remove permanent teeth later on.
- Make sure there is enough space in the mouth for permanent teeth that haven’t grown in yet.
Early interceptive orthodontics allows our team to create smiles that function and look great. Young children have a growing jaw that can be guided to ensure enough room for permanent teeth to grow in and be spaced properly. By allowing us to work with the jaw and mouth beforehand, we can greatly decrease the amount of time a child will have to be in braces.
Early interceptive orthodontic treatment also helps children who have more severe orthodontic issues that could lead to serious problems later on. In these cases, we can reduce the severity of these problems and treat them early on.
Early interceptive orthodontic treatment can prevent issues from worsening over time.
There are many progressive treatments available for patients between the ages of 7 and 11. It used to be that people got braces in their late teens. If you look at old yearbooks, you will see many seniors in high school with metal braces. Now, children and teens tend to get braces much earlier. It is ideal to have your child be evaluated by their dentist when they are young and their bones are still growing.
Every child is different. Some children won’t need much intervention or work at all at a young age. But, a few children can greatly benefit from orthodontic care at a younger age. Either way, it is a good idea to know what is going on in so that your child can get the best orthodontic care throughout their lifetime. Early interceptive orthodontics can lead to less time in braces later and mitigate potential serious issues.
At Millennium Family Dental, we aim to be your favorite Meridian family dentist. At our office we provide a variety of different dental services. We can provide family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and even restorative dentistry. Come see us at Millennium Family Dental. We are happy to schedule an initial orthodontic consultation for your child. If they are older than the age of 7 and haven’t been to see us for orthodontic issues yet, now is a great time to schedule an appointment.