Early Orthodontic Treatment

in Columbia, SC

As parents, we always want what’s best for our children, including their dental health. Parents should be cautious when their child has dental issues, even something as small as crooked teeth. This is why it’s important to understand early orthodontic treatment and know when your child may need it

How Early Can You Start Orthodontic Treatment for Your Child?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, orthodontic treatment for children can start as early as seven years old. At this age, most children have enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to evaluate the developing teeth and jaws, which can provide a clear indication of any potential orthodontic issues that might arise.

An early orthodontic evaluation doesn’t necessarily mean your child will get braces immediately. Instead, it helps orthodontists anticipate problems and plan treatments accordingly. Some orthodontists may recommend braces for a child as young as six, but generally, the initial evaluation should be done between the ages of seven and eight. This allows the orthodontist to identify any issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.

Is Your Child a Candidate

for Orthodontic Treatment?

There are several signs and conditions that could make your child a candidate for early orthodontic treatment. These include:

Traditional Metal Braces

If your child loses their baby teeth too early or late, it could lead to problems with the alignment of their permanent teeth.

Difficulty Chewing or Biting.

If your child often complains about difficulty biting or chewing food, it might indicate an underlying orthodontic problem.

Mouth Breathing

Habitual mouth breathing can interfere with the proper growth and development of the facial structure and teeth.

Thumb Sucking

 Persistent thumb sucking beyond the age of 5 can cause the teeth and jaw to grow out of alignment.

Crowded or Misplaced Teeth

Overcrowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth can also indicate the need for early orthodontic treatment.

Speech Difficulties

Certain speech difficulties can result from orthodontic issues such as misaligned teeth.

Protruding Teeth

Protruding teeth, especially in the front, can be prone to chipping or fractures and may suggest the need for early treatment.

Protruding Teeth

Protruding teeth, especially in the front, can be prone to chipping or fractures and may suggest the need for early treatment.

What Causes Orthodontic Problems in Young Children?

  • Genetics
  • Thumb-sucking and
  • pacifier use
  • Mouth breathing
  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Poor nutrition
  • Injury or trauma
  • Mouth breathing
  • Oral habits

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment for Your Child

Early orthodontic treatment can offer several benefits to your child, including:

  • Improving oral health and preventing future complications
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Promoting good oral hygiene
  • Correcting speech problems
  • Reducing the need for future extensive orthodontic treatments
  • Ensuring proper chewing and biting
  • Reducing the risk of tooth decay
  • Aiding in better jaw growth

Let Washington Orthodontics Take Care of Your Child's Teeth

Washington Orthodontics knows how much early orthodontic treatment can be good for children. Our orthodontists have seen and treated many children with teeth and jaw problems, and we understand so well the importance of addressing these issues early on.

A healthy and confident smile is essential for children as they grow up. It can affect their self-esteem, social interactions, and overall well-being. That’s why it’s crucial to address any orthodontic issues as early as possible.

Call us today to book an initial consultation!