Early Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment can be successful in young children, teens and adults. However, in some instances, it may be beneficial to receive orthodontic treatment at an early age.
Early orthodontic treatment can help reduce the chances of needing more complicated orthodontic treatment later. It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists that children should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than 7 years old.
At age 7, your child’s first permanent molars and incisors will have erupted, which will allow us to properly detect irregular growth patterns. When the jaw is still forming, it is more malleable, making early orthodontics an effective solution for many. Treatment for problems, such as a cross bite or space loss, may require more advanced and more costly correction if approached later.
Even if orthodontic treatment is not immediately necessary at this early age, an orthodontic evaluation will allow our orthodontist to monitor and guide the growth of the jaw and teeth. This will allow us to identify the best time for treating your child.
Early orthodontic treatment will:
- prevent overcrowding by creating room for teeth that have not erupted.
- create facial symmetry by guiding jaw growth.
- reduce the need for teeth removal.
- reduce treatment time with braces.
Contact our Riverview orthodontist to schedule a consultation and evaluation.