You don’t have to wait until the teenage and adult years to finally tackle your misalignment. In fact, we recommend starting the process as early as possible to help guide the smile as it grows and changes. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will explain how we help children in our community with our phased approach to orthodontic care.
The Benefits of an Early Exam
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends a visit at around age seven, and we agree. At this age, there is a mix of primary and permanent teeth, and we can actually evaluate the smile for warning signs of developing misalignment. The sooner we identify the cause and extent of poor alignment or risk factors, the sooner we can plan treatment to begin guiding the growth and development of the smile. When your child comes to the office, we will be happy to answer any questions and walk them through the diagnostic process, ensuring they feel comfortable and relaxed. We have experience working with children, and helping them better understand their smiles!
Phased Treatment Options
Phased treatment may include items such as retainers, aligners, or teeth spacers. Each one will be designed and crafted based on detailed digital images we take of the smile with the iTero® digital scanning system. As a result, the appliances will be fitted with accuracy and precision, helping to better address misalignment. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to care, and with an array of advanced treatment options, we’re ready to help kids of all ages on the oath toward a more even smile.
Continuing Care in the Teen Years
With treatment at a young age, your children will often require less time with traditional metal braces or Invisalign® aligners in the teen years. The option we choose to continue care in these years will depend of course on the cause and extent of the misalignment, but with both we take steps to ensure a cosmetic path to straighter teeth. With braces, we use ceramic brackets that blend with the teeth, and the aligners created for the Invisalign® system will be completely clear. If you have any questions about children’s orthodontics, or about starting phased treatment in early childhood, then contact our team today. We’re ready to help your entire family obtain straighter teeth and healthier smiles!
Ready to Help Your Child’s Smile?
Our team is ready to start your child on the path toward better oral health with our phased orthodontic treatments. To learn more about helping little smiles avoid major misalignment and other common complications, 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.