Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children
Early Treatment can help your child to:
- Guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight.
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches.
- Treat crowded or misplaced teeth or close gaps between teeth.
- Guide eruption of blocked teeth inside the bone.
- Correct habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrust.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an initial orthodontic screening by age 7. By this age all the permanent incisors (front teeth)as well as the permanent first molars should have erupted. If inadequate space exists, some of these teeth could become impacted. An evaluation at this time helps identify problems with eruption of teeth.
Also at this time, the doctor can evaluate growth discrepancies of the jaws, crossbites (when upper teeth hit inside the lower teeth), crowding, and the development of injury-prone dental protrusions. An early orthodontic screening enables us to advise you if treatment will even be necessary, and if so, determine the best time for your child to be treated. There is no charge for an initial evaluation or for supervision reassessment examinations.