Parents always want the best for their children, including healthy teeth and pleasing smile…

Why Might My Child Need Early Treatment?

The American Association of Orthodontist recommends that your child see an orthodontist NO LATER THAN age 7. In this check-up exam, our orthodontic specialist Dr. Gu can identify subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Treatment for common orthodontic problems typically begins around age 12 -14, when all of the baby teeth are gone and many of the permanent ones are in place. But there are some conditions that are much easier to correct if they’re caught at an early age, when a child’s natural growth processes are going full speed ahead. There is no doubt your child’s first trip to our office helps to improve his or her self-esteem and increase self-confidence.

How Will Early Treatment Benefit My Child In The Long Run?

Early evaluation provides timely detection of problems, and greater opportunity for more effective treatment before it gets more complicated. Orthodontic intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. Early treatment may create room for crowded, erupting teeth, create facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth, reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth, preserve space for unerupted teeth, reduce the need for tooth removal, reduce the treatment time with braces, prevent tooth decay caused by poor dental hygiene due to crowded teeth. In some cases, Dr. Gu will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

At one time or another, anyone may pick up a bad habit. But there are some situations where a youngster’s parafunctional (outside normal function) habits, such as persistent thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and mouth breathing, can actually influence the development and function of his or her teeth, jaws and mouth. That is why you should bring your child in for an early orthodontic screening. The sooner they’re taken care of, the less damage they may cause. If you have a teenager, then we offer clear aligners for teens.

Conditions That May Require Early Orthodontic Treatment

These are the types of teeth and bite conditions that may be cause for early interceptive treatment:

  • Open bites
  • Deep bites
  • Cross bites
  • Overjets
  • Crowding
  • Spacing
  • Teeth that don’t emerge in the right sequence
  • Missing teeth
  • Ankylosed teeth (a condition where the tooth stops erupting and stays in the same place, causing the permanent tooth to be displaced upon emergence)