The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all kids have an orthodontic screening at this age. If any problems are detected, then dentists can decide whether orthodontic treatment is in order.
There are definite benefits to early orthodontic treatment, such as:
- Creating more room for new teeth
- Creating facial symmetry
- Guiding jaw growth
- Minimizing future orthodontic treatment
Orthodontic treatment in young patients involves orthodontic appliances to guide the growth of developing jaw bones. Most often, this early treatment is followed up with full braces when the child reaches the appropriate age.
The good news is that this later phase of orthodontic treatment is usually shorter and more effective, thanks to the earlier phase. The same results wouldn’t be possible if the face and jaws had stopped growing.
Some patients don’t need more than a simple screening for potential problems. Dr. Christopher Henry knows from personal experience how important it is to correct orthodontic issues. If he finds any issues with your child’s bite, he will determine the best way to treat it. Possible treatments include bite adjustment, braces, or other services.
To have your child examined for possible early orthodontic treatment, call the St. Augustine office of Henry Advanced Orthodontics.