Have you noticed that kids are getting braces at much younger ages recently? This is called “Early Orthodontic Treatment,” and occurs before all adult teeth have grown in. Children around 8-10 years old will typically have limited braces and be in treatment for a short amount of time (~6-12 months).
Not all children will need early treatment. If you are unsure of whether your child needs braces early, our ABO Board-Certified Orthodontist is here to help. Call (707) 474-4707 or Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation for your child.
Avoid bigger problems with Early Orthodontic Treatment:
- Jaw surgery: Some issues can only be corrected at an early age. Once bones have hardened as an adult (and even sometimes as a teen!), jaw surgery will be the only way to correct them.
- Growth problems: Since kids are still growing, we can still modify growth at this young age.
- Tooth eruption problems: With early screening, your child can avoid issues such as impacted canines.
- Extractions: Extraction of adult teeth may possibly be avoided with early screening & early treatment.
- Emotional issues from low self-esteem: Some kids may have self-esteem issues arising from crooked teeth, crowding, or any of the problems noted below. Low self-esteem can impact a child as they develop into teenage years, even if they do not have an orthodontic or growth issue that needs immediate treatment.
To avoid these potential issues, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child’s first orthodontic screening by age 7.
Your child may need early treatment if they have a:
- Mouth-breathing habit
- Difficulty chewing, biting, speaking, or breathing
- Thumb-sucking habit
- Severe crowding
- Big overbite
- Crossbite (either in the front or in the back)
- Issue with self-esteem, or hides their teeth when they smile