What is the Right Time for Early Orthodontic Intervention?
Posted on 3/15/2020 by First Impressions Orthodontics
Parents have enough to worry about with regard to their children, but as parents, we always find more to worry about. You may be worried about your child's teeth, and you are concerned they may need orthodontics. What is the earliest you can begin orthodontic treatment for your child's bite problems? We have some answers for you.
Early Intervention Researchers have indicated that orthodontists can begin to intervene in a child's orthodontic health as early as seven years of age. Research also indicates that the earlier we intervene in a child's dental health, the shorter the duration of treatment and the more effective the treatment is. While most people don't get braces at the age of 7, there are things we can do to prepare your mouth for braces later.
One thing we can do is treat large-scale problems in your child's mouth before we do additional treatments later. For example, your child might have teeth that are coming in overcrowded. You may have noticed that she sucks her thumb, and that she has trouble breathing through her nose. She might also have trouble sleeping. When you bring your child in to see us, we have a look into her mouth and diagnose her with a high arch. We can begin treating your child at a young age with palate expanders. These expanders allow their palate to expand, and it may allow their teeth to come in uncrowded. Later, we may have to treat your child with braces, but the duration will be shorter.
If you are worried about your child's teeth, why wouldn't you let us take a look at your child and determine the best kind of treatment for their mouths. The earlier you start treatment, the earlier your child can be braces and appliances free, and the better off they will be in the long run.