Early child orthodontics now may save your child time, money, and pain later. In fact, orthodontic treatment as a child can help prevent tooth extraction as an adult. If you have a child around the age of 7 or 8, here are some signs that he might need orthodontic care early.
Part of the duty of a children’s dentist is to be on the lookout for signs that a child may need early orthodontic care. Throughout your time with us, we document how the teeth, jaw and mouth are forming. If any of the following signs or conditions are present, it is important to seek orthodontic counsel:
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation by the time they are seven. Most children will still have the majority of their baby teeth at this time. However, many others will already have some adult teeth.
While often children will not need to have orthodontic treatment before they are seven, an orthodontic evaluation ensures that. Oral issues like cross, deep, or open bites, crowding, missing teeth, and teeth not emerging correctly in the mouth necessitate orthodontic intervention.
Our Li’l Smiles Dentistry staff are trained to identify bite issues, predict how your child’s teeth will grow, and determine if early orthodontic treatment is needed before adolescent orthodontic treatment.
Learn the benefits of early orthodontic treatment and how Dr. Botero can help your child’s mouth be the healthiest it can be for years to come.
Early orthodontic treatment for children is usually known as “phase one” treatment that occurs between 7 and 9 years old before “phase two” begins in adolescents. Our team works to identify any abnormalities we can find at an early age to provide preventative treatment and correction to bites and other issues. Even at the very early ages of 2 and 3 years old, we can begin to see incorrect bites forming in children. This early detection is key in correcting them.
Our office, in collaboration with your orthodontist, can work together to prevent the progression of orthodontic issues before they become severe in adolescence. Early child orthodontics can:
Learn more about the advantages of early child orthodontics. Orthodontic care when young boosts the confidence a child has with their smile. Call us today at (813) 576-0200 to schedule your appointment or to learn more about early orthodontic care.