How soon is too soon for braces? Even before the permanent teeth have come in, it is often possible to predict whether there will be orthodontic challenges. With advanced diagnostic technology, your orthodontist can evaluate your child’s condition as early as age 7 or 8 and employ techniques that are designed to help the teeth to erupt into more ideal positions.
With early orthodontic intervention, we can harness the momentum of a jaw that is still growing. Orthodontic conditions such as a narrow arch, an underbite, or a crossbite can be addressed with various methods and appliances. Typically, these appliances require less force and yield better results when the bone is immature and easily manipulated.
With early orthodontic intervention, we can harness the momentum of a jaw that is still growing.
For example, a palatal expander can help to widen a child’s upper jaw in order to create more room for the permanent teeth. Without this early treatment, the teeth may erupt crowded and out of alignment, and the traditional solution would involve removing some teeth or several years of braces. With early intervention, the jaw can be gently expanded to create adequate room for the future adult teeth.
It’s important to understand that braces and other appliances may still be required later, when the child is a teenager, though that second round of treatment is typically easier and quicker. This method of early identification and preliminary treatment can reduce the severity of some of the most common orthodontic conditions and make the future treatment more pleasant and more successful.
Early orthodontic intervention may also be recommended when the upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned. There are a number of functional appliances designed to fix or improve alignment issues, and although a second phase of treatment may be necessary, it is generally shorter and less complex thanks to prior planning.
To learn more about the ways in which a two-phase treatment can shorten and simplify your child’s future orthodontic condition, contact our team at Creekview Orthodontics for a consultation today.