As parents, it can be difficult to know when you should first take your child to the orthodontist and start looking into getting braces. Although braces can be applied at nearly any age, it’s ideal to visit an orthodontist around the age of nine in order to determine if dental treatment is necessary. If it is, your child’s orthodontist will work with you to create a timeline for orthodontic treatment, however, he/she may recommend waiting several years before starting the process. Although many parents may feel like they’re taking their child into the orthodontics too soon, early oral treatment is proven to prevent major dental issues later in life.

Each year, 3.7 million children under seventeen receive orthodontic treatment, according to the American Association of Orthodontics. And not all of this treatment is done for aesthetic purposes. Orthodontic treatment is also important for preventing misaligned jaws, chewing problems, and more. Here are some of the major reasons your child may need early orthodontic treatment in order to promote oral health later in life:

–  Class I malocclusions are a common condition among young children. What this means, essentially, is that teeth are crooked or jut out at abnormal angles. When you get early treatment for this malocclusion, it will typically happen over the course of two “phases,” each being two years in length.

Class III malocclusions, also known as an underbite, can be a serious issue later in life if it’s not treated early. This can cause problems with chewing due to either the lower jaw being too big or the upper jaw being too small.

Crossbites can be corrected with a palatal expander, a device that widens the upper jaw, allowing you to have a more aligned bite and avoid unnecessary strain on certain areas of your jaw and specific teeth. Like class III malocclusions, crossbites can cause a lot of issues later in life if they aren’t fixed early.

– In some situations, tooth extractions may be needed in order to remove baby teeth that prevent adult teeth from growing in correctly. This may reduce the need for braces later on or reduce the amount of time you’ll need them on.

Speak with your orthodontist

It’s important to speak with your orthodontist if your child is facing one of these issues. In certain cases, early intervention treatment may be required for your situation, however, early treatment can also have a negative impact on a child’s dental development. It should be noted that adults can get braces too and if you have any concerns about your own dental health, you should visit an orthodontist immediately.

At Camilo Riano Orthodontics we offer all major dental correction procedures so that you or your child can get the smile they’ve always wanted. Visit us online to read about our Invisalign, Incognito lingual braces, clear braces, and more. We’re always prepared to answer your questions or hear your concerns, all you need to do is contact us.