Experts recommend children see an orthodontist around age seven when their permanent teeth begin to emerge. At that age, they will have both baby and adult teeth, and Dr. Monacell will be able to spot issues like crossbite, open bite, crowding and other alignment problems.
EARLY TREATMENT IS BETTER
Orthodontic treatment is not just for children with obvious tooth misalignment. The untrained eye can’t always spot dental problems. That’s why your child needs early evaluation and treatment by an orthodontist. An early appointment can help prevent serious oral issues as your child grows and make treatment easier.
+Correct the growth of your child’s jaw
+Maintain proper arch width
+Make more space for adult teeth
+Prevent future tooth extractions
+Address minor speech issues
The sucking reflex is natural in early childhood and usually disappears between ages two and four. But if it persists much later, the pressure of the digit on the front teeth and the upper jaw can actually cause the teeth to become misaligned and the jaw to change shape. This can lead to the orthodontic problem called open bite and may also impair speech.
Dr. Monacell can also diagnose other issues like tongue thrusting and mouth breathing that can adversely affect your child’s teeth. Various orthodontic treatments are available to help correct these habits and the sooner they’re taken care of, the less damage they may cause. These potential problems aren’t always easy to recognize. That’s one more reason why you should bring your child in for an early orthodontic screening.
PARENTS’ GUIDE TO ORTHODONTICS
Is it time for your child or teen to get braces? Maybe you’ve noticed them having difficulty speaking clearly, or even the front teeth sticking out due to a long ago thumb sucking habit. When it comes to your son or daughter getting braces, let this information from the American Association of Orthodontists serve as your guide to what every parent can expect.
- Orthodontic Consultations for Kids
- Orthodontist vs. Family Dentist
- Early Intervention
- How Long Will My Child Wear Braces
- Treatment Costs
- Will Our Dental Insurance Cover My Child’s Treatment?
- Glossary of Terms
- And More
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