WHILE MANY THINK BRACES are for correcting misaligned adult teeth, you may be surprised to learn
that orthodontics can help correct your child’s bite before their
adult teeth even come in!
Baby Teeth Play an Important Role in Oral Health
Primary teeth—more commonly known as baby teeth—play a key
role in your child’s oral health. Besides providing an aesthetic
appeal to your child’s smile and boosting their self-esteem, primary
teeth have three main functions:
aid in proper chewing, fostering good nutrition
promote proper speech development
reserve a space for permanent teeth to grow in
If a primary tooth falls out or must be removed before its time due to
decay, the surrounding teeth may shift into the gap, causing dental crowding
and future orthodontic problems.
Seven Is the Perfect Age for an Orthodontic Visit
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that
all children have an orthodontic exam
at the earliest signs of any orthodontic issue, but no later than age
seven. Although not every child will need treatment that young, some may
benefit from early intervention.
Much of the treatment that takes place at this age is called Phase 1 orthodontic
treatment, usually occurring when a child still has a mix of primary and
permanent, secondary teeth. During this phase, we seek to correct any
problems that may be occurring with jaw growth and even address certain
bite issues. This phase is generally followed by a second phase of treatment
when all of the child’s permanent teeth have erupted.
Beginning two phase treatment while your child still has primary teeth
can have numerous benefits and can even
reduce the time needed for a full set of braces.
Early Orthodontic Intervention Can Prevent Future Problems
Whether or not your child is showing signs of misaligned teeth, seven
is the perfect age for them to come in for an orthodontic evaluation.
Orthodontic treatment isn’t always necessary if there’s a
space in your little one’s primary teeth or baby teeth, but we can
help you determine the best plan for your child’s growing smile.
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