Children can also benefit from orthodontic treatment, even though we typically only think of teens when we think of braces or orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists advises that kids receive an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven.
Even though a child’s teeth at this age are still developing, early evaluation can help your orthodontist identify any issues earlier, giving them a chance to address them sooner.
This preventative strategy is what we advise at Gavri Orthodontics because it will give your child the best chance at a beautiful smile! Dr. Aaron Gavri will be looking for any oral issues that stand out during this evaluation that might need additional observation and potential treatment either now or in the future.
If problems are found between the ages of 6 and 9, treatment known as interceptive orthodontics may be necessary.
Orthodontic Interception: What You Need to Know
We can identify and diagnose potential problems with tooth development or jaw growth in your child at a young age with interceptive orthodontics, also known as Phase 1 orthodontics.
We can make room for your child’s permanent teeth to erupt properly by treating them during this stage. Phase 1 orthodontics can also aid in your child’s jaw growth, which will improve the alignment of their teeth and jaws. We can give your child a more symmetrical smile using interceptive orthodontics, and we can also enhance their oral hygiene.
Do I Need Interceptive Orthodontics for My Child?
Dr. Gavri will thoroughly examine your child’s jaws and teeth when they visit for their comprehensive evaluation. If the following conditions are discovered:
- The child will be vulnerable to a problem that needs to be avoided.
- As their jawbones develop, support is needed.
- They are currently having dental problems that we need to address.
Orthodontic problems, such as extra or missing teeth, crowded teeth, or gapped teeth, can occasionally be inherited. Poor oral hygiene practices, early tooth loss, and trauma can all contribute to orthodontic problems. Regardless of the origin of the orthodontic issue, it may have an impact on your child’s facial growth, smile’s aesthetics, and dental alignment. Gavri Orthodontics can take care of all of the dental issues listed above and more by utilizing interceptive orthodontics!
What kind of orthodontic interventions are used in interceptive orthodontics?
You might be concerned that if you bring your child in for an orthodontic evaluation, we’ll have to start treating them right away. Remember that this is not usually the case. There are a few kids who need medical attention right away. Even if we do advise treatment, your child may not immediately need something as drastic as braces. The use of expanders to open up the upper jaw and make room for crowded teeth is one of the more typical treatments.
In order to treat your child’s dental problems at the ideal time, Dr. Gavri will follow the typical pattern of your child’s dental development and growth. Many conditions can be treated easily while your child is growing, but once their jawbone stops developing in their teenage years, they will become more challenging and complex to treat.
Why Are Children’s Orthodontic Checkups Important?
Early orthodontic evaluations for your child are essential to laying the groundwork for a fully functional smile. This enables us to keep an eye on your child’s smile as they develop, and even if we don’t find any problems, these assessments have a number of advantages, such as:
- Finding hidden dental problems
- Lowering the chance that you’ll require future tooth extractions
- Lowering the possibility of impacted teeth.
- Minimizing the necessity of future jaw surgery.
- Monitoring the progress of the teeth that are emerging.
- Tracking of the growth of their jaw and face.
- Placing newly erupted teeth in the appropriate positions.
We can monitor your child’s smile as it develops and offer proactive treatment for a healthy smile with routine orthodontic checkups.
Children’s Orthodontic Treatment
Now is a great time to schedule your child’s initial appointment if they haven’t already had an orthodontic evaluation before the age of 7! To learn more, contact us right away!