A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

The Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment is one of the best ways that you can ensure your child has the most treatment options available to them for future oral health. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children attend their first orthodontic consultation around the age of seven years old. At the age of seven children’s mouths have not fully formed but permanent teeth are beginning to interrupt and replace primary teeth. This can give an orthodontist all of the indications that they need to perform orthodontic treatment at a full orthodontic assessment.

Orthodontists will look for a wide array of different conditions as well as make sure that teeth are erupting in the proper order. When teeth erupt in the wrong order or come in crowded, it can lead to future issues. Making sure that children’s teeth are coming in correctly at an early age is one of the best ways that orthodontists can provide treatment options to spare children difficulty later on in life.

Jaws, bones and teeth are not fully set in place at the early age of seven and manipulating all of these factors with orthodontic treatment is made easier while they are still forming. Instead of requiring extensive surgery or a long treatment process, getting orthodontic treatment at a young age is a great way that orthodontists can structure and guide growth so that children can form a natural jawline with teeth that will come in straight.

Overall, the reason that early orthodontic treatment is extremely recommended is to limit the amount of invasive procedures that a child may require later on in their adult lives. Diagnosing and treating orthodontic issues in their early stages can help to save time and expense on the part of parents and children alike.

Early orthodontic treatment can also help with issues of confidence as a child develops into a youth. Many young adults and teens are forced to wear orthodontic appliances to correct any number of issues that they might face with their oral health. Getting early treatment is one of the best ways that you can shorten the overall length of treatment which will help kids to keep their confidence when they reach their teenage years. They can enjoy less time with braces or potentially avoid them altogether by getting in early consultation and early treatment.

Serious and abnormal conditions can cause permanent dental health problems as well. If children between seven and 10 aren’t able to visit an orthodontist and they have one of these severe oral health issues, that can cause issues with speech, chewing and potentially even excessive stress on their oral health. When teeth are crowded or a child has an irregular bite this can cause extra wear on their gums, their tooth enamel and also can cause issues in the supporting and surrounding jawbones.

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s first orthodontic appointment please contact Beach Braces today for a free consultation so that we can assess your child and diagnose any issues.

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

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