When Do Kids Need Orthodontic Treatment?

When we think about braces and orthodontic care, we often imagine treatment for teens and adults. But what about kids? Do children benefit from orthodontic care, and if so, when should they see their Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist? In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about the benefits of children’s orthodontic care!

Exams and Treatment Options

We suggest bringing your little one in as early as age seven for an exam. By this point, baby teeth are falling out and permanent teeth are erupting, and we can gauge the alignment of the smile. If we see that misalignment is going to occur, then we can offer early childhood treatment to lessen the impact. We begin by examining the smile using digital technology, such as CT scanning and iTero® digital impressions. We obtain a detail model of the smile, and can assess treatment options and design appliances and orthodontics. Children may benefit from the use of a retainer or teeth spacer, or possibly a clear aligner or headgear.

Long-Term Benefits

For children, these treatment options help improve alignment and guide the growth of the jaw and oral structures. Which means when they enter their teen years and adulthood, the amount of time required to wear braces and aligners will diminish significantly. Along with the cosmetic benefits of correcting misalignment, straighter teeth are easier to brush and floss, which reduces the risk of tooth decay, dental infection, and gum disease. An even smile also places less pressure on the jaw joints, which limits the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) in the teen and adult years. When you correct your child’s alignment, you help them enjoy better oral health for a lifetime!

Cosmetic Treatment Options

When possible, we like to help our patients of all ages enjoy treatment that doesn’t have a major impact on overall appearance. For some, we may prescribe Invisalign® aligners, which are created using a clear acrylic material and worn daily to reposition the teeth. Our team may also suggests braces using ceramic brackets. Ceramic can be shaded to match the color of the teeth, which limits the appearance of the metal braces, providing a barely noticeable alternative to full metal braces. If you have any questions about treating misalignment in children and teens, or if you’re ready to schedule a visit for your child, then please contact our team today.

READY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INVISALIGN®?

With advanced technology and practically invisible aligners, we can help you enjoy a more even smile. To schedule your consultation and discuss children’s treatment, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.