Posted on September 30, 2022
Orthodontists provide a variety of procedures to straighten crooked teeth, repair poor bites, and properly align the jaws. Pediatric orthodontists specialize in correcting crooked teeth in children, using appliances such as braces or aligners to correct or prevent orthodontic issues.
Baby teeth begin to grow as early as six weeks during prenatal development, according to the California Association of Orthodontists. It is highly recommended that children see an orthodontist by the age of seven for an initial evaluation and, if necessary, preventive care.
Early diagnosis and treatment will rectify teeth alignment problems and prevent more serious problems from developing. Before the appointment, it is recommended to explain to your child the need for an appointment. If the orthodontist believes treatment is required, the earlier, the better. Early treatment may also mean less treatment time in the long run. Read on to learn what you can expect at your child’s first visit to the orthodontist.
Treatment may be required in cases of crowding, crooked bite, thumb sucking, and jaw irregularities. Some of the main treatment options include:
The orthodontist will advise on the treatment best suited for your child. This depends on age, how complex the issue is, and your budget. No matter the treatment type, children in orthodontic treatment will need to have their dental hygiene monitored to ensure treatment goes to plan and further issues don’t arise. To learn more about the first evaluation, or to schedule your child’s first appointment with our expert orthodontist, contact Silver Smiles, today!
No one knows smiles like the orthodontists at Silver Smiles. If you’re ready to get a smile that makes you want to smile, you’ve found the right solution at Silver Smiles Orthodontics.
If you’re in need of general dental work like cavity repair, teeth cleaning, caps, crowns or veneers, give us a call and we’ll be happy to refer you to an outstanding general dentist in your area.