Orthodontic Treatment for Kids
Children Should Get an Exam by Age 7
There isn’t a set age when orthodontic care should begin. In some early intervention cases, children may need braces to help correct problems before they evolve. The American Orthodontics Association recommends that children get an exam by seven years old.
By this time, most children will have a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth, making it easier for orthodontists like Drs. Ollins to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems before they have the chance to become more severe.
Early treatment, commonly referred to as Phase I Treatment, can:
- Contribute to the straightness of permanent teeth by correcting and guiding the growth of your child’s jaw
- Regulate the width of the bottom and top arches
- Create more space for excessively-crowded teeth
- Help avoid any permanent teeth extractions
- Improve minor speech impediments and correct thumb sucking
Signs Your Child Needs Treatment
It’s not always easy for parents to determine if their child needs orthodontics. Most times, your dentist can find any problems, but there are also some warning signs you may need to look for.
- Baby teeth loss happened early or late
- Chewing or biting food appears difficult for your child
- Excessive mouth breathing
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Blocked, misplaced or crowded teeth
- When your child’s jaw pops or makes sounds when they open or close it
- Teeth that are abnormally lined up, or do not connect at all
- Teeth or the jaw is not in proportion to the face
- In children around 7 or 8 years of age, front teeth are crowded
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