Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that involves treating orthodontic concerns such as malocclusions and misalignments of teeth. Orthodontic treatment can be started at almost any age. Dentists recommend beginning orthodontic treatment for patients when they are as little as seven years old. It is during those early years when the first molars start to develop which will influence the child’s bite. As children get a dentists’ assistance during those early days, it will significantly go a great way to improve crowded and misaligned teeth.
Why is early orthodontic treatment essential?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children begin their orthodontic treatment at the ages between seven and eight years old. The goal of early orthodontic treatment is to aid the growth of the jaw bone and correct bite issues of teeth. Initial orthodontic treatment is favorable for children as it will promote space for other teeth to erupt preventing the chances of overcrowded teeth.
Signs that your child would require early orthodontic treatment
As parents, it is our duty to observe our children during their day-to-day activities diligently. Regarding an orthodontic concern, this will help parents understand whether children are starting to develop certain habits that may contribute to the need for early orthodontic treatment.
Here are specific signs that your child is bound for early orthodontic treatment:
- Thumb sucking.
- Mouth breathing.
- Speech difficulties.
- Early/late loss of teeth.
- Chewing challenges.
- Crowded teeth.
Children who begin to develop these habits must be treated by visiting a pediatric dentist as it will help resolve excessive space issues, overcrowding of teeth, and malocclusions. As treatment is commenced at an early stage, it will prevent the need for expensive orthodontic remedies in the future saving your child from the pain of wearing braces at a later stage in their life.
For more information about orthodontic treatment, please schedule an appointment online or call us at (661) 266-0300 to consult with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Sadek. We also serve Lancaster, Tehachapi, Rosemont, Quartz Hill, Leona Valley, and Littlerock areas.