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Orthodontics for Children and Teens

Because children and teenagers have jawbones that are malleable and still developing, they are ideal candidates for orthodontic treatment.  And a straighter smile isn’t only good for improving a person’s appearance.  It also provides important health benefits for breathing, digestion, oral hygiene, self-esteem, speech, and more.

When should my child see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children as young as 7 to visit an orthodontist.  The earlier our orthodontist evaluates your child for oral or facial irregularities, the earlier they will be able to effectively manage the growth of teeth and jawbone.  For instance, they may be able to create more space to avoid crowding of teeth, so permanent teeth grow straighter.  This may prevent costly and painful complications in the future.

What causes crooked teeth?

Typically crooked and misaligned teeth are caused by efficiency in arch space and a poor bite.

Can my child start wearing braces?

During your child’s first visit, our orthodontist will thoroughly evaluate their head, neck, and jaw.  Records such as radiographs, photos, and mold of teeth may be captured.  Once a comprehensive evaluation is done, the doctor will present you with the best treatment option for your child.  And it may or may not involve braces.

What are the treatment options for children and teens?

Because it’s so common for children to wear traditional metallic braces, they are less likely to be self-conscious about wearing them.  That’s not always the case with teenagers who may be sensitive about their appearance.  Fortunately, with the advances of orthodontic treatments, there are more discreet treatment options available, such as clear ceramic braces and Invisalign clear aligners.  We’re here to provide your child with the best orthodontic experience and outcome possible.

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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.