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Sacramento’s Kids Orthodontist

Early orthodontic care is the best way to ensure that your child’s smile will develop to be as perfect as they are. Problems with the jaw and teeth can develop early, and some symptoms of that include crowding of the teeth, protruding teeth, underbite, early/late loss of baby teeth, etc. For most kids, all of their baby teeth are gone by age 13, and by high school the jaw has hardened and stopped growing. At this point orthodontic care can take much longer than earlier on in a child’s development. Schedule an appointment today if you see any of these issues developing, and you can avoid any treatment later on!

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Early Treatment FAQs

When should I begin orthodontic treatment?

While orthodontic treatment can begin at any age, there is definitely a recommended time to begin your treatment. Starting at an early age ensures the best possible result with the least amount of cost and expense. The AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) has recommended that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of a problem, usually between ages 7 and 8. At such an early stage of development, treatment may not even be necessary, but being vigilant from an early age can ensure a long future with a happy, healthy smile.

What are some benefits to early orthodontic care?

By evaluating potential problems early in a child’s development, you create a greater opportunity for effective treatment. Vigilance and early intervention will help guide healthy growth and development. This will help to prevent serious problems down the roar. Even if intervention isn’t necessary, Dr. Damon can monitor your child’s development and better call for treatment when it may be necessary.

Why so young?

As early as age 7, a child’s first adult molars have begun to come through, establishing the position of the backbite. It’s at this time an orthodontist can begin to assess the relationships between the child’s teeth. Early, vigilant screening decreases the chance of future problems developing.

What are the advantages of early treatment?

There are numerous advantages to starting treatment early in a child’s development. Some of these advantages include making room for crowded teeth that are just beginning to erupt, influencing jaw growth to ensure facial symmetry, leaving space for teeth that have yet to erupt, and reducing the risk of facial trauma due to protruding front teeth. Early treatment with braces also greatly reduces the amount of time and money spent as compared to an adult.

Is my child a candidate for early treatment?

There is more to orthodontics than just improving the smile. Treatment also improves bad bites, which can lead to larger medical problems later in life. A bad bite is known as a malocclusion, which can occur as a result of misalignment in the teeth or jaw. These malocclusions can have a negative effect on not only smile, but the way you chew, your ability to clean, and your overall self esteem.

Why is it so important that malocclusions are treated?

The AAO states that untreated orthodontic issues like malocclusions can result in litany of other problems. With crowded teeth, cleaning and maintenance efficiency can drop, and you may not be able to floss effectively. This can contribute to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. With protruding teeth, you’re more prone to accidental chipping. From speech impediments to tooth wear, malocclusions need to be handled quickly, the earlier the better.