Increasingly, parents are realizing the benefits of early orthodontic treatment for their children. In fact, dentists recommend bringing your child to an orthodontic screening before the age of seven. Although every child’s oral care needs are unique, a screening by this age allows for early detection of potential problems. Talk to your dentist today about whether your child could benefit from early orthodontic treatment.
When your child is about six or seven years old, his or her jaw and teeth are still developing. This provides for ideal treatment conditions, as it’s often easier to correct problems before oral development is complete. If your child’s dentist notices a small dental arch, he or she may recommend a palatal expander. This device helps the arch gradually expand to its proper size, which enables your child’s adult teeth to erupt properly. Early orthodontic treatment is also ideal for correcting the positioning of the jaws. The dentist might also recommend orthodontic appliances if your child has a crossbite or front teeth that protrude, which can increase the risk of tooth fractures during accidents and sports activities.
Reduced Treatment Time
It’s common for children to undergo orthodontic treatment at an early age to establish a strong foundation for oral health. Then, they’ll likely undergo some additional treatment in adolescence to guide their adult teeth into the proper positions. However, dentists often recommend early orthodontic treatment because it may reduce the total treatment time. By using orthodontic appliances now, your child may avoid the need for more extensive treatment later.
Physical appearance is closely tied to self-confidence. If your child is having trouble with bullies at school because of noticeable malocclusion, orthodontic treatment may improve his or her self-confidence.
Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. proudly offers the Invisalign system for malocclusion correction. Residents of NYC can reach our convenient location in the Chrysler Building by calling (212) 661-9777. Dr. Kakosian also offers cosmetic dentistry services, including Lumineers and dental implants.