Early orthodontic treatment can save your child from a lot of hassle later on in life. But how soon should your child receive orthodontic treatment and what can be done at which ages? Here is a brief guide to early orthodontic treatment.
The Initial Consultation
Parents should make an orthodontic appointment for their children by the time the child reaches approximately 7 years of age. While it is rare to actually begin orthodontic treatment at this age except in extreme circumstances, having this early appointment will allow your orthodontist an opportunity to screen and assess for potential problems in the future. At this appointment, you can discuss the overall condition of your child’s dental structure and make plans for any issues that will need correcting.
The exact age at which your child will be ready to begin receiving orthodontic treatment will depend largely on the treatment that is required. Severe problems with the structure of the jaw, for example, may need immediate surgery in order to prepare the child for later treatments and enable the proper function of the jaw. On the other hand, braces may be postponed until adolescent or teenage years, depending again on the individual.
Benefits of Early Treatment
Not all orthodontic treatments involve the application of appliances or surgery. Early and regular appointments will allow your orthodontist to monitor the development of the jaw and teeth. Problems that are seen early can be treated early, which typically results in shorter, more successful treatment periods. By getting your child in and out of braces as early and quickly as possible, he or she can enjoy a stunning smile sooner.
If you would like to have your child assessed for orthodontic treatment, contact us at Image Orthodontics with three locations in Sacramento. We will be happy to schedule a time for you and your child to come in and ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Call us today at (415) 752-0654 to learn more.