Early treatment is often the best solution for children who are developing signs of orthodontic problems at a young age. With early treatment, you can stop the problem before it worsens and requires more extensive treatment. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics encourage early orthodontic treatment, welcoming patients from Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the neighboring areas of Florida.
What is Early Treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment is when younger children are brought in for orthodontic care to prevent or improve any developing problems. This is also known as phase one treatment, and helps prepare your child’s jaw and teeth for future orthodontic care. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children receive early treatment around the age of seven. This allows us to detect and address any major issues before phase two treatment is necessary, around the age of 11. Most often, early treatment helps prevent extensive orthodontic treatments down the road, minimizing the cost and inconvenience of future orthodontic care.
How Do I Know When My Child Needs Early Treatment?
Although the AAO recommends that all children begin regular orthodontic visits around age seven, there are a few things to look for that can tell you if your child will require early treatment. The first and most noticeable sign is the way the teeth develop. If your child has protruding teeth, crowding teeth, or teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner, you should bring your child in for early treatment. Additionally, if you notice any sort of issues with the jaw, including a crossbite, underbite, overbite, or difficulty chewing, you may want to bring your child in. Habits such as mouth breathing or thumb sucking can also be an indicator that your child will require early treatment. Finally, abnormal tooth loss, such as early or late loss of baby teeth, may also necessitate early treatment.
What Causes Early Orthodontic Problems?
Many early orthodontic problems develop naturally, which is why parents should always be vigilant during their child’s oral development. However, injuries and thumbsucking habits can also pose a threat to teeth and jaw development and should be looked out for. Most children begin losing baby teeth at the age of five and develop permanent teeth by the age of 13. If your child is losing teeth early or late, they may experience early orthodontic problems that should be addressed as soon as possible. If you are noticing any of these problems, we encourage you to bring your child in for early orthodontic treatment to eliminate the need for extensive treatment in the future.
If your child is showing signs of needing early orthodontic care, don’t wait until it is too late to prevent severe developmental issues. Contact us today to schedule your child’s initial appointment. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics proudly serve patients in Hialeah, Kendall, Miami Springs, and the surrounding areas of Florida.