Starting braces for your kids at an early age may help your child avoid more complicated and potentially more invasive orthodontic procedures in the future. Taking advantage of developing teeth and jawbone at an early age will help guide your child’s smile into proper alignment much more efficiently rather than correct a problem once permanent teeth are allowed to come in.
Preadolescent patients benefit most in cases where a skeletal component requires correction such as cross bite, open bite, severe overbite or developing under bite. By the time your child is seven years old, the foundation for his/her smile has developed enough to determine how their smile will ultimately form. At this age, the skeletal bones have not yet calcified or hardened making the jawbone much easier to manipulate and correct. This is especially beneficial to kids who will require some form of maxillary expander to widen their smile either to make room for incoming teeth or to correct a bite problem.
If you think your child may be a candidate for early orthodontic treatment please call or complete the form to book your free consultation.