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Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early Orthodontic Treatment For Children

What differences are there amongst regular orthodontic treatment and early orthodontic treatment in children? How will early orthodontic children benefit my child in the long run?

The following list is just a few points surrounding the idea on why your child may be in need of early orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends for children to see an orthodontist by the age of 7. This visit will determine if your child will need braces or not.

Early orthodontic treatment, also known as Phase 1,  on average begins around the age eight or nine whereas Phase 2 starts around age 11 and older. One of the main goals for early orthodontic treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw or bite problems. Getting treatment also helps the development of permanent teeth to come in properly, which decreases the likelihood of getting extractions in the future.

What Signs Tell You If Your Child Needs Early Orthodontic Treatment

  • Either early or late loss of baby teeth – your child will normally start to lose teeth around age 5 and their permanent teeth will have all developed around age 13.
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Speech impediments
  • Sucking of thumb after age 5
  • Mouth breathing
  • Crowded front teeth around age 7 or 8

If your child is in need of early orthodontic treatment or has been told by your family dentist to go visit an orthodontist, don’t hesitate to call our orthodontic office to schedule an appointment. Our team will give your child an initial exam and have the proper plan in place to give your child’s smile the best care.

We know that braces are a big investment. We also know that it can be time consuming going to different offices trying to find the right dentist and affordability. That is why we introduced our virtual smile assessment, with this tool you’ll be able to get the cost of braces from home. Just send us the information we ask of you and in 24-48 hours, you’ll receive a rough estimate on the cost of orthodontic treatment.

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