Have you been told your child needs braces? If so, you probably have questions about children’s orthodontics and what to expect from each step of the process.
Let’s start with Stage 1.
Stage 1 – Preventive Children’s Orthodontics
The whole idea behind this first phase is that if we intervene while your little one is still growing, there’s a better chance of improving both the growth and development of the jaws and teeth. Sometimes, this can also prevent the likelihood of tooth extractions and facial asymmetry.
Who Is Stage 1 For?
Stage 1 children’s orthodontics is for children between the ages of 7 and 8. Think of it as a preparatory stage for later orthodontic work.
Stage 1 is done at such a young age while the jawbones are still developing and easier to manipulate. Early jaw placement can help with a number of issues like a bad bite. Stage 1 can also help to stop unhealthy habits like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting that can result in protruding teeth.
You can expect stage one to last around 12 – 18 months.
Can My Child Start Treatment Now?
If your child is around 7 or 8 years old, it’s time to start stage 1 of children’s orthodontics. The first adult molars should erupt soon, so it’s important to evaluate and monitor potential issues and treat them early. Think of it as an investment in your child’s smile and confidence.
Warning Signs It’s Time for Treatment
A common orthodontic problem is protruding front teeth or buck teeth. Another warning sign that it’s time for treatment is an open bite. If your little one can stick their tongue between their upper and lower teeth, even when the back teeth are closed, they have an open bite.
Early treatment also helps with common bite and alignment problems, such as underbites and deep bites.
What To Expect
Interceptive children’s orthodontics includes a variety of orthodontic appliances. These can include braces, a rapid palatal expander, tongue crib and a space maintainer. There are also non-brace options that can help your child achieve a beautiful smile.
Schedule your child’s appointment today at Geoffrey Wexler Orthodontist.