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The majority of patients undergoing orthodontic care are children and teens. When kids are young, their jaws are constantly growing to accommodate new teeth. It is during this time that the teeth are easily moved, allowing for a shorter treatment time – especially in patients who undergo early treatment. Braces, retainers, and spacers are just some of the orthodontic appliances commonly used in children's orthodontics. Although not all kids need orthodontic treatment, all kids need an examination at an early age
Some signs that a child may eventually require orthodontic treatment include :
If your child is at least 7 years old or is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above, you should schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We can take steps to correct a bad bite, fill in gaps, and straighten the teeth all before your child reaches the teen years.
Your child's first orthodontic screening will include a visual examination as well as X-rays. We may also ask you questions about your child's habits, such as thumb and finger-sucking. Based on the results of this analysis, we will discuss options and timeframes for treatment if applicable.
Yes. If your child is fitted for a fixed orthodontic appliance, such as braces, you will need to follow careful instructions to ensure the device is not damaged or broken. This includes monitoring your child's diet to ensure it does not include hard foods, candies, popcorn kernels, or anything else that could cause damage. You will also need to ensure your child properly brushes and flosses around the appliance to protect the teeth from decay during treatment.
Children should have their first orthodontic screening no later than age 7. This evaluation is used to identify jaw irregularities and developmental complications that could indicate the need for orthodontic treatment in the future. Early screenings make it possible to get early treatment, with some children beginning progressive orthodontic treatments as early as age 7.