We help patients of all ages improve their appearance and health using orthodontics. Often, children can benefit from an early orthodontic treatment as young as seven years of age. At this age, children do not have their permanent teeth yet, so they will not be ready for braces. However, there are certain things we can do to prepare them to receive braces in the future. In many cases, it does not make sense to wait for them to become older before addressing issues with the jaw or position of teeth.
If we feel that being proactive would benefit your child by causing him or her to wear braces for less time in the future, we can let you know during a consultation and then discuss the best way to go about helping your child.
Signs Your Child Could Benefit From an Early Orthodontic Treatment
There are several signs your child could benefit from early treatment, including:
#1- They lost a tooth early due to an accident or decay
One of the most common reasons that children require an early orthodontic treatment is that they lose a tooth too early. This is easy to do, considering how children play. If they are on the playground and having fun with their friends but accidentally fall or run into something, they could crack a tooth or knock a tooth out. This may be well before their permanent tooth is ready to come in.
The baby teeth are designed to hold a place for their permanent tooth. When it falls out too early, that space is open and other teeth may begin to shift toward it. As a result, space is no longer available when the permanent tooth is ready to come in. This makes it more likely that your child will need braces and that they will need to wear braces for a longer period. For this reason, we recommend early treatment to work on preserving that space and keeping it open for the permanent tooth.
#2 – One or several adult teeth are growing in behind or in front of other teeth or are growing in sideways
Whether due to early tooth loss or not having enough room in their mouth, some children have permanent teeth that grow in awkwardly. If this is because they don’t have enough space in their mouth, we can take certain early steps to expand their palate. They can wear spacers, for example, or an expander. Both are often used to create space when there is simply not enough. Otherwise, their baby tooth may not have fallen out like it should have, and an extraction may be necessary.
#3 – They have jaw pain or discomfort
Let us know if they are complaining of jaw pain so we can examine them and determine the source of it. As an orthodontist, we treat the jaw to ensure that it is properly aligned when straightening our patient’s teeth.
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