Our Kansas City Orthodontist Explains Early Orthodontic Options
You might think that having your child brush and floss their teeth regularly is enough to maintain good oral health. However, even if your child’s teeth and gums look healthy, they can still have structural problems with their teeth and jaw that you can’t see. Issues such as misalignment and abnormal jaw growth can be detected by our orthodontist with advanced technology — and can help save pain and extra treatment down the road. Our Kansas City orthodontist explains more about early orthodontic options below.
Types of Early Treatment
There are various types of treatments for children, depending on the case. These may include:
- Braces — traditional metal braces can be used to straighten crooked teeth, gapped teeth, or misaligned teeth
- Palatal expanders — a device used to widen the palate and correct crossbite (where the upper teeth sit inside of the lower teeth)
- Headgear — a treatment used to correct protruding front teeth
- Face mask — early treatment used to correct underbite
Additionally, our orthodontist can perform extractions in the case of extra teeth and teeth crowding.
Benefits of Early Treatment
If we are able to detect your child’s issues early, we can help them avoid pain and discomfort later in life. Children’s mouths are easier to treat, as the palate (roof of the mouth) hasn’t yet fused, making for easier treatment and shorter treatment time frames. Not to mention, having a healthy, straight smile will preserve their confidence and improve their overall oral health!
When Should I Bring My Child In?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first appointment with an orthodontist when they are 7 years old. However, if you notice symptoms that may indicate problems, such as difficulty speaking, chewing, or swallowing, you should schedule an appointment with our orthodontist immediately. Let our orthodontist help your child get on the right track to orthodontic health today!