Preventative Treatment & Orthodontics Care For Children
Parents ask us all the time about the right timing for their children to start orthodontic care. The American Academy of Orthodontics recommends your child should see an orthodontist by the ages of 7. That may sound young, but there is good news! Catching orthodontic problems at the right time can minimize the length and complexity of the care needed — saving you both money and time.
By the age of 7, most children’s adult molars are starting to come in. Through early detection, examination, and (if necessary) phase 1 treatment, we can help prevent crowding or archway issues. Phase 1 of orthodontic treatment is used in some cases to treat common early childhood problems. Phase 2 is focused on treating alignment issues that cannot be treated while baby teeth are present.
Treatments For Children FAQs
Virginia Orthodontic Partners and the American Academy of Orthodontics recommends that you bring your child in for a checkup no later than age 7. The initial checkup is very instrumental in the future of your child’s smile.
While it’s common for children to experience discomfort when beginning their treatment it’ll eventually subside.
During phase two if we discover a loose tooth, we’ll remove the bracket so the tooth can fall out and adjust their braces as necessary. If your child still has braces when the permanent tooth emerges, we can reapply the bracket.