There are several reasons that a child could need pediatric orthodontics – something we offer in our clinic. As an orthodontist, we treat patients of all ages and this includes children. Typically, a child will not begin to wear braces until they are older. Around age 11 or 12, children will often have enough teeth to begin the orthodontic treatment.
This is important to note because a child who is missing many of their baby teeth or simply does not have the majority of their permanent teeth, will not be ready for a full orthodontic treatment. However, there are things that we can do ahead of time to make this process easier.
Signs a child needs pediatric orthodontics
It is difficult for parents to know when they need to bring a younger child in for a visit. We can see them as early as seven years old but it is a good idea to watch for some common signs that an orthodontic treatment may be necessary or beneficial. These include:
#1. Early tooth loss due to an accident or infection
Baby teeth are supposed to fall out when the permanent ones are ready to descend. If a child loses a baby tooth early because of a playground accident or an untreated cavity, it can create an unhealthy situation. The surrounding teeth will move out of their position and begin to encroach upon the empty space. Preventing this often requires the assistance of an orthodontist. We can help to preserve that open space so that there is less orthodontic work in the future.
#2. Jaw abnormalities
A child’s jaw should come together correctly when they bite down or relax. If children have an overbite, underbite or cross-bite, they are going to need orthodontic treatment in the future. We can help to diagnose this problem early and let the parent know if there are any steps to help the jaw prior to wearing braces.
#3. Teeth growing in sideways, on top or behind each other
Overcrowding is a problem that many children face. To address this issue, we can take minimally invasive or noninvasive measures at our orthodontist office. Sometimes, we do this ahead of wearing braces to create enough room in the mouth for the other teeth to grow without being on top of one another.
#4. A family dentist recommended it
If a family dentist recommends orthodontic treatment, it is wise to call our clinic and schedule an appointment so that we can get on the same page and coordinate care.
What pediatric orthodontics entails
Each child is different and so is the type of treatment solution that we will recommend for them. The best way to find out what could benefit your child is to call and schedule an appointment. Generally speaking, anything we recommend at a young age will be non-invasive or minimally invasive. Things like surgery are reserved only for critical situations so there is no cause for concern about a child’s comfort.
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