There are any number of reasons why a child may need orthodontic treatment. But the most common reasons that kids need braces include crooked or overlapping teeth, or a bad bite – either an overbite or underbite. Each of these is treatable at Henry Advanced Orthodontics in St. Augustine.
Tooth or jaw issues in children may also be the result of baby teeth coming out too soon, or from habits like thumb sucking. As with many conditions, the earlier these issues are identified and addressed, the better.
A general rule for a child’s first visit to an orthodontist is around the time of their seventh birthday. At that age, most kids have all of their primary teeth, and their adult teeth are about to come in. That gives us a good idea of what is going on in the child’s mouth. Just as important, we’ll get a good indication of what’s about to happen.
Early orthodontic treatment can make it easier to fix many issues. Kids have softer, more malleable bones at that age, so it’s easier to get teeth and jaws into an ideal shape. And since they’re still growing, the treatment takes less time.
Henry Advanced Orthodontics in St. Augustine provides early orthodontic treatment. We have traditional braces for children, and offer Invisalign braces to teenagers who would best benefit from clear braces. Schedule an appointment for your child today.