Early Interceptive Orthodontics can help prevent more serious orthodontic problems in the future.
We are pleased to offer orthodontic services for children at our office. Orthodontics can lead to straight teeth that have a uniform look. 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 indicate that children may need early interceptive orthodontic treatment around age seven. This doesn’t mean that most seven year olds will need braces. However, it is a good time to start. Come see our Meridian family dentists and find out 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 resolve any issues if necessary. Early treatment and prevention can make future treatment easier and more effective.
What problems can interceptive orthodontics solve?
There are many alignment problems that interceptive orthodontics can solve. Early interceptive orthodontics can:
- 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 eliminate 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 well 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.
Preventing Issues Over Time
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 evaluated by a dentist when they are young and their bones are still growing.
If you think your child needs orthodontic treatment, contact us today for a consultation!
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!
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